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November 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Lava lurks on the edge of Hawaiian village

Lava breaks out from the side  main flow that's stalled as of Monday morning on the outskirts of  the village of Pahoa, Hawaii.  The breakouts are about 200 yards back from the leading edge of the molten flow.

Lava breaks out from the side of the main flow that was still  stalled as of Monday morning on the outskirts of the village of Pahoa, Hawaii. The breakouts are about 200 yards back from the leading edge. (USGS / Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Nov. 2  photo)

The lava is lurking on the edge of the little Hawaiian village of Pahoa. The flow of molten rock stalled late last week, and remains about 170 yards from Pahoa Village Road, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Monday morning.

A toe of  what's called   pāhoehoe oozes out of the main June 27th lava flow. (USGS/ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory photo)

A toe of what’s called pāhoehoe oozes out of the main June 27th lava flow. (USGS/ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory photo)

However, molten rock is oozing out along the sides of the flow near the village in a rural corner of the Big Island of Hawaii. The lava, called the June 27th flow (named for the date it began) has stretched roughly 14 miles from a vent on Kilauea Volcano within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. And the front of the flow could start moving again soon, say scientists, although it’s difficult to predict.

Some Pahoa householders have already evacuated; others are nervously waiting to see what happens next; and alternative emergency routes are being built in case the lava crosses the major local road in the Puna district, Highway 130.

Big Island Video News posts photos and videos of news conferences and the lava in motion. And you can find lots of links for online  information about the lava flow and Kilauea Volcano in a Northwest Traveler blog post of mine from Friday.

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