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Oct 29, 2014 3:32 PM

Lava creeps closer to main road in Hawaii town

The Associated Press

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) Lava is creeping closer to a main road in a rural Hawaii town.

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said Wednesday the molten stream was about 280 yards from Pahoa Village Road on the Big Island.

It's one of the main roads in Pahoa, the commercial center the sprawling, rural Puna district. The lava advanced about 90 yards since Tuesday evening.

Pahoa residents have had weeks to prepare for what's been described as a slow-motion disaster. Most have either already left or are ready to go.

At least 50 or 60 structures are in the area likely to be hit.

The flow from Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) volcano entered private property and burned down a garden shed Tuesday. It also burned tires and other materials, prompting authorities to warn downwind residents with respiratory problems to stay indoors.


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