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Big Island Lava Zone Map


The Lava Zones Map is used on the Big Island of Hawaii to determine the level of danger from lava flows. The map is divided into nine zones, with Zone 1 being the most dangerous and Zone 9 being the safest. The zones are determined based on the likelihood of a property being affected by lava flows from the active volcano, Kilauea.

Zone 1 is the most dangerous zone, as it has the highest likelihood of being affected by lava flows. Properties in this zone are at the greatest risk of damage or destruction from lava flows. Insurance companies generally do not issue policies for properties in Zone 1, making it difficult to obtain a mortgage.


Zone 2 is also considered a high-risk zone, as it has a significant likelihood of being affected by lava flows. Properties in this zone are at a high risk of damage or destruction from lava flows. Insurance companies also generally do not issue policies for properties in Zone 2, making it difficult to obtain a mortgage.


Zone 3 is considered a moderate-risk zone, as it has a moderate likelihood of being affected by lava flows. Properties in this zone are at a moderate risk of damage or destruction from lava flows. Insurance may be issued for properties in Zone 3, but it may be more expensive than for properties in safer zones.


Zones 4 through 9 are considered low-risk zones, as they have a low likelihood of being affected by lava flows. Properties in these zones are at a low risk of damage or destruction from lava flows. Insurance is generally more readily available and affordable for properties in these zones.


It's important to note that the Lava Zones Map is just one of the many factors to consider when buying real estate on the Big Island. While living in a safer zone may provide peace of mind, other factors such as location, proximity to amenities, and the condition of the property should also be considered. Additionally, the volcano's activity can change over time, and it's important to stay updated with the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory for the most recent information about volcano activity and safety measures.

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