Oct 28, 2014 4:08 PM

Lava nears Hawaii home; officials close schools

The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) After slowly snaking through unoccupied land for weeks, a river of asphalt-black lava has entered a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island.

The lava was within yards of a home in the rural community of Pahoa Village on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, officials say an elementary school in the molten stream's projected path will be closed starting Wednesday.

Depending on which side of the flow students live on, they'll either go to a newly built temporary facility or other area schools starting Nov. 7 and 10.

Dozens of Pahoa residents have been told they might have to evacuate because of the lava.

County officials are making arrangements for those living in its path to be able to watch the lava destroy their homes as a means of closure.


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