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Just hours before a new eruption threatened a subdivision, residents and visitors were buzzing with excitement.
UPDATED: The Leilani Estates subdivision is at greatest risk, but scientists say new vents and outbreaks could occur.
It may have already gone under the highway to the viewing area, and Hawaii County is making preparations for a possible eruption.
An “intrusion” of lava could affect a popular access point where people can hike or bike into a viewing area.
Hawaii County looks to clear out roadside businesses and relocate the parking lot for its lava flow viewing area. Nearby residents are unhappy.
Cheap lots were marketed in substandard subdivisions, mostly in high lava-risk zones that are some of the poorest areas on the island.
The spattering lava lake is drawing an uninterrupted throng of tourists to view the rare display of Madam Pele’s power.
Access near the Puna lava flow may be restricted for safety reasons, but residents, web sites and journalists are still documenting the rare occasion.