Sounding an alert for a volcano eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hawaii authorities have asked the residents living in a rural area to immediately evacuate and move to safer destinations.
According to the authorities, the lava flow on the Big Island had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning and is moving at the rate of about 10 to 15 yards per hour consistently.
The lava flow had passed through a Buddhist cemetery and covered grave sites in the rural region of Puna. The lava is progressing gradually and was roughly a half-mile away from the Pahoa Village Road, which is the main street of Pahoa.
While interacting with the mediapersons during a late Sunday morning teleconference, Darryl Oliveira, director of civil defense for Hawaii County, said that the nearest home to be affected by the volcanic lava was at least 300 yards from the flow front.
Meanwhile, the residents in the nearest home also said that the flow front was easily visible from their balcony.
The residents are prepared for evacuation any time, Oliveira said.
The authorities have asked the residents in the lava flow path to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday to carry a safe and immediate evacuation.
However, the timeline for evacuation could change as the flow rate changes.
The authorities said that an estimated 50 to 60 structures including businesses and residential homes are under the threat from the lava flow.
The officials had to go door-to-door on Saturday for notifying the residents about the advancing flow and the immediate need for evacuating the place.
Oliveira said that majority of residents who were contacted by the authorities had already identified safer places to move when asked to evacuate the region.
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