Hawaii mayor wants to relocate those displaced outside zones one or two
While hundreds of homes have been destroyed during this current eruption, it is not the only time natural disasters have claimed homes.
PUNA, Hawaii - Many residents who still live in lower Puna have gotten used to the routine. One checkpoint along the still open major highways, just to get in.
While for those in areas around the active fissures.
More checkpoints including Leilani Estates where some residents west of Pomaikai drive have returned.
Others can still enter, but are only allowed to drive up to barricaded areas.
Police patrol the streets, and do do teams of National Guard members.
"We're looking for anybody with malicious intent who might not be here under the best intentions. Just trying to keep the community safe or feeling sense of safety and stability," Jessica Petersen, Hawaii National Guard said.
They also make sure Sulfur dioxide levels are at acceptable levels. For residents in the area check for new cracks or steam vents and also make sure helicopter landing zones can be used at anytime of the day or night in case evacuations of residents are needed and the roads are in accessible.
Some have asked why residents were here in the first place. Leilani Estates and other communities in lower Puna were created without the detailed knowledge of the volcano we have now.
"Everybody knows today of hazard zones one and two was not created until after 1980 by Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory by public or this is what you do to help the local citizens understand hazards," Mayor Harry Kim said.
This is the latest irruption to destroy homes and wipe out communities but not the only one or even the only natural disaster. Wide open space along Hilo's bayfront used to be a bustling community. But after being repeatedly washed away by powerful tsunami, homes were not allowed to be rebuilt here in the inundation zone, and residents were relocated to a safer place.
Kim wants to do that again with a new community for lower Puna residents.
"I hope to learn from them and carry some of that and we can build a nice community with water with power and hopefully with the part they can enjoy, make it a nice place to raise a family," Kim said.
While he wants to make sure it will be built in Puna, he also wants to make sure it is not along Kilauea's east rift zone.
"My goal now is because we have knowledge of hazard zone one into that nobody should build in a zone one, because we know the risk whether it be 10 years or 50 years we know the risk involved in hazard," he said.