Pahoa meeting focuses on dangerous Big Island lava flowUPDATED 8:55 PM HST Aug 26, 2014Video Transcript
Lava flowing towards homes on the Big Island's East side. Within the hour, people in and around Pahoa will be meeting with the state and scientists to talk about the risks of a new flow. This is video of a similar meeting last night - the room was packed with anxious residents, waiting to hear the latest on the June 27th lava flow - named for the day it began erupting from a new vent. Take a look at the map, you can see the edge of the flow...within two miles, lie residences in the Kaohe Homesteads. It's a sparsely populated area, with plenty of livestock, on the outskirts of Pahoa. The lava has been moving slowly through large cracks, primarily underground, which makes it's path hard to predict. JIM KAUAHIKAUA, USGS: LETS TALK ABOUT THE GENERAL AREA THE LAVA FLOW IS IN. it's a HEAVILY CRACKED, THERES A NUMBER OF DROP DOWN BLOCKS. SO ITS GONNA BE VERY DIFFICULT TO FORECAST EXACTLY WHERE THIS IS GONNA GO ESPECIALLY IF THE LAVA IS GOING TO COME OUT OF ONE CRACK AND FLOW INTO ANOTHER. DARRYL OLIVEIRA, HAWAII COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE: ANY COMMUNITY THAT MAY BE AFFECTED BY AN APPROACHING ERUPTION OR LAVA FLOW WE WILL WORK WITH YOU ON THE EVACUATION AS WELL AS TO SECURE YOUR COMMUNITY SO YOU CAN IF YOU WANT TO MOVE AND WON'T BE INTERUPTED BY THOSE TAKING PICTURES OR SIGHTSEEING. In addition to tonight's meeting, there will be another opportunity for residents to get information at Pahoa Community Center at 6:30 on Thursday.