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Lava Flow in Hawaii Claims First Home on the Big Island

10 Nov 2014, 4:28 pm

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A massive lava flow from a rift zone just east of Kilauea — one of the world’s most active volcanoes — is inching ever-closer to homes in the sleepy village of Pahoa. And according to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the flow has ignited at least one home.

“Darryl Oliveira, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator, said he received confirmation at about 11:55 a.m. that the home off Cemetery Road had ignited after coming into direct contact with lava,” the paper reported.

Due to the insidious nature of the lava, no attempts were made to save the home.

Pahoa is located on the eastern end of the Big Island. The flow has been threatening the area for weeks, but it had stagnated in recent days. The slow progress of the flow gave residents a short-lived breather, until today.

In addition to the one destroyed home, the lava flow has also claimed acres of countryside, parts of a road and most of a local cemetery.

The Kilauea Volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983. And in that time, more than 200 structures have been destroyed. According to the USGS — volumetricly speaking — since the latest eruption began 31 years ago, the East Rift Zone is the largest eruption from Kilauea in nearly 500 years.

This latest eruption started on June 27 and originated from the East Rift Zone.

Meteoroloigst Alan Raymond

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