Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores

In this photo taken Dec. 12, 2014, and provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, the active lava flow front continues to advance downslope towards the northeast about a mile and a half from the marketplace in Pahoa, Hawaii. Officials say lava from Kilauea volcano is on course to reach a supermarket and shopping center in the small town of Pahoa in seven to ten days. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, the lava is about one mile away from Malama Marketplace supermarket. There’s a hardware store, pharmacy and gas station in the same shopping center. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Suvery, Tim Orr)

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station in seven to 10 days.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Monday the lava is about 1 mile from the shopping center in the small town of Pahoa. The shopping center also contains a supermarket, hardware store and pharmacy.

Oliveira says the county has been in touch with the merchants about evacuation plans. The county hasn’t yet advised them to leave.

Oliveira says if it does have to evacuate, the gas station would sell its remaining fuel and pump out what’s leftover. It would then fill its tanks with water and firefighting foam.

In October, the lava stalled just before Pahoa’s main road. It later started flowing from a different spot.

 

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