30 Oct '14, 12am
#Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes
PAHOA, Hawaii (REUTERS) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging toward the village of Pahoa for weeks as it bubbled over a cemetery and reached the community's outskirts. As of late Wednesday morning, authorities reported the lava had advanced to within 230 metres of Pahoa Village Road, the main street through the town of about 800 people built on the site of an old sugar plantation. Pahoa's commercial district lies mostly to the south of the area in greatest danger, and most homes and businesses are believed to be out of harm's way, based on the lava's current trajectory, civil defense chief Darryl Oliveira said.