New Lava Viewing Area To Open

Lava Flow

If your traveling to the Big Island and wish to see the awesome power of nature, you may be in for a wonderful surprise! With the new developing lava flow on the Big Island in the Royal Gardens Subdivision, the concerns about visitors swarming to the area to view the lava have been the talk of Hawaii County officials. Issues regarding safety are of the utmost concern. Officials believe that it’s inevitable that visitors will flock to the new flow developing and have decided to embrace it by taking precautions to make a safe viewable area for the public. A recent update from the Big Island Civil Defense on Tuesday afternoon, March 4, at 2:30pm stated:

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory personnel who have been monitoring the Kilauea eruption have reported that the current flow has continued to move through Royal Gardens Subdivision. Over the past few days, a very active and well developed lava tube system has been established. This lava flow front activity is now very close to Highway 130 in the area where a viewing turnaround was established in 2001. If this flow rate and direction continue, it is anticipated that lava may be impacting the coastal area within the next few days. This would be a little over two miles from where lava cut off Highway 130.

Due to the present eruption situation, the following information is provided:

  • The county and state governments of Hawai’i, along with federal agencies of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, are working to develop a safe eruption viewing area. The mission here is to keep viewers safe as well as protect private property owners from trespass.
  • County and state highway personnel are now working to improve the access road to a safe viewing area. A viewing program is also being established by county, state and federal agencies so viewing can be done safely and to prevent entry into private property.

The roadwork and other preparations will be completed as soon as possible. It is the goal to open this viewing program by this weekend. Until then, entry is closed to unauthorized personnel, and your cooperation is requested. You will be informed as soon as viewing times have been established.

Thank you for listening and have a safe day.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

Source: http://www.hawaii-county.com/cd/message.htm




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