Hawaiian officials are warning a big island beach community that is currently at the risk of being to be cut off by flowing lava. Lava from the Kilauea volcano has been flowing from a vent since June 27th. But now, officials say its getting within a mile of Ka‘ohe, a Puna region subdivision.
Officials do not know exactly how many homes have become threatened by the lava flow. However, they are conducting door-to-door interviews in the area to get a count. According to a 2010 census, more than 82-hundred people live in the threatened area.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense Administration and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are holding public meetings to update residents on the lava flow.
“We are taking this step to ensure our residents [of the Ka'ohe subdivision] have time to prepare their families, their pets, and their livestock for a safe and orderly evacuation from Ka‘ohe in the event the flow continues to advance,” Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi said in a statement.
The Mayor is also asking the Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie for emergency assistance.
The volcano has been active since 1983, with 61 recorded eruptions.