Hawaiian Volcano at It Again: Business Forced to Close as Lava Advances
Kilauea — one of the world’s most active volcanoes — is once more threatening a small Hawaiian village. More specifically, lava from the Puna lava flow is threatening the Malama Market in the Pahoa Marketplace.
“The store will begin the process to disassemble and remove equipment beginning Tuesday, December 16, according to store officials, who say customers are encouraged to shop now through closing. Malama Market Pahoa will be open until 10 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday and will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday,” wrote Mileka Lincoln, for Hawaii News Now.
The lava flow — which destroyed a house, shed, part of a roadway and overran a cemetery earlier in the fall — has been threatening the area for months. The flow started on June 27 and has steadily made a march toward the village of 900 residents.
Even though the flow slowed some on November, it’s been advancing at a rate of 300 yards per day — or about 37 feet per hour. In addition to the market, other local businesses — like a drug store and a Burger King — have also been put on notice to watch the progress of the oozing lava in the coming days.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond