Moonlight shines across spreading lava fields while molten edges advance toward the home -- Click on photo for larger images.
Hawaii County Civil Defense closed the pubic lava viewing access road yesterday as lava advanced up to one occupied residence of Kalapana Gardens.
Stars filled the sky above threatened home overnight.
By midnight lava had slowed its advance but was extremely close to the home. Hawaii Fire Department were stationed near the home and police and Jan-guard Security restricted road access throughout the day and all night.
This home was one of the very first to build on top of the 1990 lava flow field within Kalapana Gardens subdivision. You might remember seeing this home with lava flowing nearby from my July 22nd posting, with the photo below: As well as other more recent reports of the lava entering the backyard of this property three previous times in the past couple of months.
By 3:00 AM this morning much of the advancing lava had stalled but continued inflating higher. Surface flows of lava have spread across a large portion of the coastal flats in the past 48-hours.
Another chunk of the road was also covered up.
I will return to the area later this morning.
The public lava viewing area may likely be closed today, but you can phone Civil Defense at 961-8093 for updates, or try 430 1966 or 217-2215 after 2:00 PM for onsite information