On Saturday night around 11pm, the new lava flow met the coastline and entered the ocean. It is now flowing freely across what was Red Road into the ocean from two points near Mackenzie State Park. This is the only road to take exiting some communities in Lower Puna. Last I heard, officials were looking to re-build an old road from the National Park's Chain of Craters road that was covered over by the lava flow two years ago. I haven't looked into it more since Sunday morning, so I'm unsure of what the current plan is or if it has changed.
As you can tell, this happens a lot. Lava is a normal part of life here and this community, in Pahoa, is used to it. That doesn't make it any less heartbreaking, but I say this to impress on everyone that this is NOT abnormal volcanic activity. The island is NOT in danger. So far, there has been a total of ONE INJURY over the last 18 days, when the first fissure opened spewing lava into the air. That's not bad.
Don't let the (inter)national news lead you to believe that the entire island is in chaos as it is consumed by Pele's lava. My family is currently visiting and the only impact this lava eruption has had on their plans is not being able to visit the National Park due to it's complete closure. We've literally been everywhere else.
If you want to do something productive to help those effected and at loss here, please follow the link in my bio to donate money. The current raised funds have almost all been used over the last 2 weeks to take three vans and one truck full of stuff to the Pahoa community. Water, tents, tarps, kids' toys, blankets, pillows, canned food, prepared foods, fresh fruit, and other non-perishables were donated both times and they need more tents and tarps. Those aren't cheap and they'd like to take another large haul of them over this coming weekend. So, please donate something to cover the cost of temporarily housing those who have lost their homes this month.
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