Hawaii lava flow slows, moves parallel to homes

2014-09-09 09:03


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Pahoa - Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.

Hawaii County Civil Defence Director Darryl Oliveira says the lava from Kilauea volcano is still at least 2km from any homes in Kaohe Homesteads.

Oliveira took a helicopter flight over the area Monday and saw the lava had crept about 137 metres from the previous day. It's moving north for now but could still stop or change directions.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has warned the lava could reach the subdivision in a matter of days.

Oliveira says he doesn't anticipate issuing an evacuation order on Monday. But residents should be prepared as it's difficult to predict the lava's movement.

Oliveira says it was raining over the flow site, so there's no wildfire threat.

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