Lava in Hawaii – level 3

31-10-2014 07:00

Residents are being urged to prepare for evacuation from their homes on Hawaii’s Big Island, as a lava flow from the Kilauea volcano quickly advances on the remote village of Pahoa.

The front flow that began oozing from the Volcano on June 27th hit 0.7 miles from Pahoa Village Road on Friday.

The lava flow has advanced about 250 yards (230 metres) since Saturday morning and is currently moving at about 10-15 yards per hour (9-14 metres per hour).

The lava has been split into two separate lobes near the village and is six-tenths of a mile from the town’s main road, according to reports.

The flow came to a standstill in late September but resumed its slow crawl forward.

Its leading edge is about 40 metres wide, large enough to destroy homes in its path.

Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983. Most lava from this eruption has flowed south, but it’s flowed to the northeast over the past two years.

Difficult words: urge (strongly recommend), remote (there are few people nearby), ooze (slowly flow), advance (move forward), lobe (semi-circular part), resume (continue).



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