Lava from volcanic eruptions in Hawaii could soon reach homes on Hawaii’s Big Island, even as officials are hopeful that residences would be spared.
Moving at about 200 to 300 yards a day, the lava flowing from Kilauea volcano is expected to reach three vacant lots in Kaohe Homesteads in the next few days, Kevin Dayton, a spokesperson for the Hawaii County reported said according to an Associated Press, or AP, report.
"The fact that it's veering somewhat to the north as opposed to the east is a hopeful sign," Dayton said, adding that the slow-moving molten rock, which is currently about three miles from Pahoa Village Road and 3.5 miles from Highway 130, could slow down even further in the next few days as it flows from inclined to more level land.
Highway 130 is a lifeline for Puna district which risks being cut off from the rest of the island if the lava crosses the two-lane highway.
No evacuations have been ordered yet, with residents being asked to remain cautious and prepared as work to turn defunct roads into alternate routes continues into the weekend.
The Lava, which was first observed emerging from a vent in late June, has snaked through more than 10 miles of thick forest leading state officials to announce the closing of Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve until further notice.
The smoldering liquid has left a path of fire, engulfed trees and other vegetation in its wake producing large plumes of smoke, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Friday and added that rainfall in the area has prevented the fires from spreading.