The Hawaii state authority has asked the residents inhabiting in the nearby areas of Big islands to evacuate as the lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano for months is now just 100 yards (meters) away from the nearest residential property.
The people inhabiting in the risky zone of the lava flow have been alerted for possible evacuation. The authorities have also issued the smoke advisories for downwind areas as a part of the civil defense alert, the County of Hawaii said.
The lava flow had first emerged out of the continuous volcanic eruption on June 27 after which it gradually came to a standstill in late September. But later on it slowly resumed its pace as it slowly crawled forward several weeks ago. It has moved roughly 275 yards since Sunday morning.
The leading edge of the lava flow is about 110 yards in width and is continuously spreading. The lava flow is now heading towards Pahoa village having population of roughly 800 people.
According to the civil defense message, as the lava was advancing about 10 to 15 yards per hour, the authorities would be constantly monitoring its movement.
The authorities said that two roads had been closed and temporary accessible roads are being constructed in the region. Besides, the authorities are leaving no stone unturned to protect Highway 130, a major route that witness daily travelling of as many as 10,000 cars.
Authorities said that in the absence of such access roads, around 8,000 people in the Puna district could suffer from the road-blockage. The condition would be more vulnerable in case the Highway 130 becomes impassable.