Lava creeps 15 yards closer to Hawaii marketplace

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)

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava that had been stalled on its way to a shopping center on Hawaii’s Big Island has started moving again and advanced 15 yards since Friday afternoon.

The molten rock is about 700 yards from Pahoa Marketplace and 0.6 miles from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road.

Civil Defense officials say the movement at the flow front is sluggish and that the leading edge is a narrow 25 yards wide. They say the activity doesn’t pose an immediate threat to residents or businesses.

Officials did warn that smoke and fog from the volcano could cause respiratory problems for medically vulnerable people, so they were advised to stay indoors.

The lava had previously been on pace to hit the marketplace around Christmas day, but then it stopped moving.


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