Puna’s Lava Flow Update

Maya Anderson, Reporter

The June 27th lava flow from Pu’u ‘O’o vent crossed vacant lands of Kaohe Homesteads Friday morning and then entered open grasslands. The lava flow is continuing to slow down as it widens, but is still headed toward Pahoa town. It has slowed from 890 ft/day to 625 ft/day. It is projected to reach Apa’a Street in 13 days, Pahoa Village Road within 13 days, and Highway 130 in 21 days. As the lava flow gets closer to homes, smoke and fires are more visible to people. Students at Pahoa schools can look outside their windows and see the lava flow coming down the hill. My Uncle Jerome and Aunty Carol Siebenrock live in Puna and I have recently talked to them. My Aunty Carol said “I am very worried for the 10,000 people who will be cut off from Hilo and cannot buy food or go to work.” My Uncle Rob DeVeer also lives in Puna and is saddened that he cannot visit his friends and family that live on the other side of the lava flow.

Cite: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26579803/puna-lava-flow-exits-forest-reserve-slows-as-it-heads-toward-open-land