Nov 12, 2014 8:25 PM

Lava burns asphalt at edge of Hawaii town

The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The stream of lava threatening a small Hawaii town is burning asphalt as it oozes into the driveway of a trash transfer station.

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said Wednesday the slow-moving lava flow from Kilauea volcano doesn't pose an immediate threat to Pahoa residents, but they are monitoring it closely.

The front of the flow closest to the town's main road is stalled. But officials say lava is spreading from three breakout spots further upslope. One of them is near a cemetery.

Kilauea has been erupting continuously for more than 31 years. The current flow began in June. On Monday, it burned a house for the first time. It has also burned tires, trees and grass since entering Pahoa last month.


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