Pinoy priest talks about fears and concerns in the Big Island

HAWAII — Kilauea volcano is quiet for now, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Volcanic activity has paused at all twelve fissures. But hazardous fumes continue to be released, according to the Hawaii County civil defense agency.

On Monday night, a community meeting was held at Pahoa High School. Officials gave updates to hundreds of residents, but also issued more warnings.

“There’s still plenty magma under the ground, seismicity is still up. We got more cracking on 130 that’s why Hwy 130 is shut down,” said Talmadge Magno. “So we’re not done with this yet.”

One of the areas that would be directly affected if Highway 130 shuts down are the Puna and Pahoa areas, where 13 hundred Filipinos live, and the main road that leads to a church in Pahoa.

Fr. Ernest Juarez, a Filipino priest, is the parish administrator. Fr. Juarez tells us among those evacuated from Leilani Estates are some Filipino families.

Officials say there will probably be more instances like these: flaming molten rock slowly swallowing a car, lava engulfing homes. Everyone in the surrounding area of the volcano should be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice.

Governor David Ige says he called the White House to ask for support.

“This is a different event, this new eruption would entail and could entail danger to our community, to assure assets would be available to keep all of you safe.”

Meanwhile, civil defense has established a community information center at Sacred Hearts Church from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, Hawaii time.

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