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.
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.