An overhead image of the location of the flow front in relation to Pahoa Village Road, taking on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Hawaii time. The lava flow advanced 82 yards between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, according to an update by the USGS. (USGS)

The leading edge of the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano is just 100 yards from the nearest home in Pahoa, Hawaii, where residents are preparing to evacuate.

Between Sunday and Monday, the lava flow advanced over 200 yards, moving at an average rate of 10 to 15 yards per hour.

According to the Associated Press, the residents of the home nearest to the flow have left, though periodically return. Officials are making arrangements to allow residents of Pahoa to watch as the lava reaches their homes:

Hawaii officials will make arrangements for those living in the path of a lava flow to watch the destruction of their homes.

That accommodation is being made to “provide for a means of closure,” Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Monday. “You can only imagine the frustration as well as … despair they’re going through.”

The USGS has been mapping the progress of the lava flow along with the steepest descent path toward the village — this is the route that the lava will most likely follow as it inches toward Pahoa. The map shows the leading edge of lava was approximately 580 yards from Pahoa Village Road on Monday morning.


A zoomed in version of the USGS map that was published on Monday shows the leading edge of lava approximately 300 yards away from the nearest structure in Pahoa, Hawaii. New flow as of the Monday survey is shown in bright red. Click the map to enlarge. See the full map here. (USGS modified by CWG)

Officials have been preparing the area for the impending lava flow by laying down new roads in case the main road and highway are covered by lava. They have also wrapped power poles in concrete, which will help insulate them against the heat of the lava.

Communities beyond Pahoa could be at risk if the lava continues to flow beyond the village. To the northeast of Pahoa, Nanawale Estates is home to a population of around 1,500 people, and Hawaiian Beaches has a population of around 3,700 people.

Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is flowing toward inhabited areas, as residents prepare to evacuate. The lava first emerged in late June and has made its way through miles of thick forest. (Reuters)

 


Lava flows through vegetation near the Pahoa cemetery on Monday morning. (USGS)

Notable features around the lava flow front as of Monday morning. (USGS)