An on-the-ground infrared video shows lava oozing out of a crack in a road near a former housing development that was built on top of active lava flows.
Lava from West Puna has begun to reach other areas of the Puna district more than 200 miles to the north of the volcano.
This afternoon lava spouts began coming from a cracking road, making its way toward homes and vacation rentals near Lanipuna Gardens.
Meanwhile, officials announced three new fissures had opened, bringing the total number of fissures to six. They are actively erupting under the Kalapana Road and Road 217 areas, and emergency management says firefighters and other community members are already helping to evacuate dozens of people.
Ash has started to fall as far as Lanipuna Gardens, and evacuations have been ordered for the following areas:
Lava grows in Hawaii’s fissure-swollen community 8 Gallery: Lava grows in Hawaii’s fissure-swollen community
Kalapana Road Extension
Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens
Northeast of Pahoa
The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency is warning the following areas might be impacted by lava:
Kilihae — located about a mile east of the entry point of South Puna into Pahoa district, including areas previously declared off-limits and the Upper Kalapana Road. Lava could now damage water lines and break power lines.
Leilani Estates Pahoa
Pahoa District Puna
Uluwai Road (traffic-restricted)
Lava is not considered a threat to Kahuku, Logano and Kalapana roads.