Hawaii volcano lava prompts evacuation concerns
Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii have been placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano advances.
Authorities on Sunday said lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii had advanced about 250 yards (230 meters) since Saturday morning. The flow front had entered a cemetery and was about a half-mile (800 meters) from Pahoa Village Road, the town’s main street.
Residents in the flow path, in the mostly rural region of Puna, were told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation.
The lava flow now threatening Pahoa, the largest town in Puna, began in June.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the future advance rate is likely to continue fluctuating, making it difficult to forecast arrival times.
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