Emergency Route to be Built in Puna in Case Lava Flow Blocks Major Road


The National Park Service has said to work with State and County of Hawaii to build an emergency route in case lava flow covers major road of Puna, one of the nine districts in Hawaii. According to the National Park Service, emergency route will be constructed along the former Chain of Craters Road and help the people of lower Puna. If lava flow covers Highway 130, residents of lower Puna will have no access to the rest of the island.

On September 19, scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory had said that Kilauea volcano’s lava could reach Highway 130 in 21 days. Their estimation was based on lava flow’s rate of advancement and location. On Monday, scientists noted that rate of advancement has slowed and it could take some more time to reach the highway.

The emergency path would provide the residents an emergency exit and would not be open for visitor use. So far, about 8 miles of Chain of Craters Road’s coastal section has been buried under lava, and about 5.4 miles is within the national park.

Chain of Craters Road’s open section is about 19 miles from Kilauea Volcano’s summit to sea level within the park.

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SOURCE: Maine News Online
Betty Laseter

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