Officials monitoring lava near Kaohe HomesteadsUPDATED 6:43 AM HST Sep 03, 2014Video Transcript
Lava lurking on the Big Island.. Less than a mile and a half from homes. Residents gathered to meet with scientists who are CLOSELY monitoring the situation near Kaohe Homesteads. An upgrade in the alert system has many residents EXTREMELY concerned. 1 8 35 Slowly.. But surely, the lava is advancing northeast through the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. OLIVERIA: CLIP#3 0:41 "WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SIGNIFICANT BRUSHFIRE OR WILDFIRE ACTIVITY AT FLOW ITSELF. ONLY THING BURNING IS WHAT LAVA TOUCHES ITSELF," Big Island Civil Defense officials say -- the flow has advanced another 100 yards... but say it does not pose an immediate threat to homes. Right now, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory has kept the Volcano Alert Level at the third highest level called WATCH. But the recent flow will change that for the Kaohe homesteads area. CLIP#28 0:41 IN THIS CASE LAVA MOVING TOWARDS RESIDENTIAL AREA..WHICH REQUIRES US TO MOVE IT UP TO FOURTH LEVEL.. WHICH IS WARNING," Residents are worried about the direction in which the lava is flowing. RESIDENT: clip #22 0:19 IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE JUST TELLING US IT IS ADVANCING TOWARDS US. Which WOULD BE PRETTY MUCH UP? clip #29 JK :04 THE LAVA FLOW IS CLEARLY CONFINED WITHIN RIFT ZONE STRUCTURES THE CRACKS .. RIGHT ALONG RIFT ZONE. IF SOMEHOW IT ESCAPES STRUCTURE THE GENERAL TREND OF THE TOPOGRAPHY WOULD PULL FLOW TO THE NORTHEAST," CLIP#24 0:03 THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN JUST KEEP IT IN THAT CHANNEL HUH? HAHAHA OLIVERIA: CLIP#23 0:16 IF WE WERE TO DEPLOY ANY KIND OF DIVERSION WE LIVE WITH THAT OUTCOME WHICH COULD BE WORSE THAN THE ORIGINAL PROBLEM," The Hawaii County Civil Defense will host another meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pahoa High School cafeteria to give another update.