Hawaii lava stalls just short of shopping centre

2014-12-24 09:32
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Honolulu - Call it a holiday gift from Pele.

Lava from the mountain believed to be home to the Hawaiian volcano goddess has stalled on its slow creep toward a Big Island shopping centre.

Officials had been worried that the lava would hit Pahoa Marketplace on or around Christmas

Civil defence administrator Darryl Oliveira said Tuesday that the lava flow's leading edge has stopped about 640m from Pahoa Marketplace, which has a supermarket, gas station and other stores.

He says the lava front appears to have hardened and hasn't advanced at all since Monday, but it's unclear whether the molten rock has stopped or just stalled.

A new branch of lava about 275m upslope is still active. Oliveira says it could eventually surpass the stalled rock and become the new front.

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