Lava Flow Crosses Emergency Viewing Road

KILAUEA (KHNL) -- A lava flow activity has crossed the emergency viewing road on Highway 130 Wednesday morning.

The 2.6-mile road was built to the lava viewing site in 2001.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials say the flow has worked its way between 300-400 meters beyond the road.

They say at this rate, it only has about 400 meters to go until it reaches the ocean.

Several abandoned structures in the Royal Gardens Subdivision have been covered by the flow.

The new emergency viewing road is not set up yet.  Officials are hoping to get it up by the weekend.  There will be no public access until Saturday.

Big Island Civil Defense says everyone was evacuated earlier this week and no one is injured.