Lava within half-mile of “Four Corners” in Kapoho

  • USGS
  • Lava map courtesy of Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Lava from the eruption lower Puna could cross Highway 137 near “Four Corners” today after a flow started advancing about 100 yards an hour, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The agency said Friday morning the flow from fissure No. 8 was a half-mile from the road and could cross in the afternoon or evening. Loss of the highway in that area would isolate homes in the Kapoho area, which is under a voluntary evacuation.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said “Pele’s hair” and other fragments of volcanic glass are falling downwind from fissure 8 and are accumulating in Leilani Estates.