HILO (INTELLIHUB) — While the United States Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program maintains that it’s still safe for travelers to visit the Big Island — exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is off limits as vital roadways and other structures have been either incinerated or blocked off by Madam Pele, the Goddess of Fire.

“Yes. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is closed until further notice and areas of the East Rift Zone are closed to all except residents and emergency responders, but it is safe to visit the rest of the island,” an uncanny message posted on the USGS Volcanoes Facebook page stated. “Please do not attempt any lava viewing […] the eruption is still extremely dynamic and dangerous, and responders need to focus on protecting residents and not dealing with sightseers.”

Fissure numbers 7 and 21 are continue to spew lava which is advancing toward Pahoa Pohoiki Road. “Current estimates place the flow front ~250 yards from the road,” a field crew reported in the wee hours.

“Kīlauea popping, summit ashy emissions, plume to ten thousand [feet],” a tweet from Friday night explains.

A small explosion was detected around 10:08 pm local time on Friday due to lava ocean entry.”

Ash fall is expected.

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Small eruptions will continue.

Hawaii Civil Defense has issued an evacuation notice for two island neighborhoods which have become inundated with lava.

Over 82 area homes have been destroyed as of Saturday.

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