Lava has suddenly started moving rapidly towards the ocean at a clip of a half mile per day. If you click on the Hawaii Volcano Observatory image on the left, you’ll be able to see an expanded map with a legend. As of today, from the image, it appears that the lava is approximately a half mile from the ocean.
As I reported last week, lava viewing through Royal Gardens has been off limits, but, in a new development, the Star Bulletin is reporting that Hawaii County is preparing a lava viewing site.
“By the end of this week, we’ll have a nice safe place for people to view one of nature’s greatest wonderments, its power, its creativity,” said Mayor Harry Kim.
My heart started pounding quicker when I learned that the lava may be flowing to a point I could actually see it. I’m going to the Big Island next week and in the past, I’ve never been lucky enough to see the lava from the ground, only from the air. So, I hope that in the next three weeks, God willing, I’ll be able to bring you some current photos and video of the lava flow. Please keep your fingers crossed.