Evacuations Urged as Hawaii Lava Nears Homes

The stream of red-hot molten rock from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been creeping toward Pahoa and the surrounding rural region of Puna ever since a vent in the Pu'u O'o crater on Kilauea's eastern rift began spewing smoke and lava on June 27. The lava flow is now less than the length of a football field away from homes. Hawaii civil defense workers were going door to door in and around the town on the Big Island on Monday, urging residents in the immediate path of the lava to evacuate.

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