Hawaii residents in the path of a lava flow must be prepared to evacuate in the coming days as the 2,000-degree Fahrenheit molten rock nears their homes.
The flow is currently moving at a rate of approximately 15 to 20 yards an hour toward the town of Pahoa, in a rural region of the Big Island of Hawaii, according to the Hawaii County’s website
The lava comes from Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting continuously since 1983, the Associated Press reports.
Most of the lava has flowed south and poured into the ocean, but for the past two years, the lava has flowed northeast toward Pahoa, according to the AP.
The current flow has been threatening residents since June. On Friday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie requested a presidential disaster declaration that would free up federal funds in the country’s response efforts, reports West Hawaii Today.
“The effect of the destruction and/or isolation of the businesses and other institutions in Pahoa will be devastating to the entire Puna District,” the governor wrote in his request, according to West Hawaii Today.
Local emergency teams are going door-to-door to inform residents of possible evacuation, according to Hawaii County.