Hawaii Lava Flow Stalls Near the Edge of Pahoa, Hawaii

Martin Savidge gets into a helicopter for great views of the lava that threatens a town in Hawaii.

The lava flows about 150 to 300 feet and has passed a country road, covered a cemetery, and knocked down trees, utility poles and sheds. The lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano — flowing in a northwest direction towards the villages of Kaohe Homesteads and Pahoa — passed the Kaohe Homesteads via natural descent in valleys nearby. On October 25, 2014 the lava flow crossed Cemetery Road at Apa’a Road, near the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station, a waste/trash station, which was closed and relocated due to the lava flow.

An emergency gravel gravel road is being built to bypass the only connection (Highway 130) from Pahoa to the rest of Hawaii.

The lava is currently stalled outside of town while fingerlike outshoots are projecting out of the main lava tube. Lava tubes can be up to about 50 feet wide and may contain hot lava about 3 feet to 50 feet below the surface of cold, hardened lava rock. Lava tubes where hot lava is no longer flowing are referred to as “extinct.”

 ROAD ROUTE FROM VOLCANO TO PAHOA …


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