Residents of the small town of Pahoa, Hawai’i wait anxiously as scalding lava from Kilauea volcano creeps closer and closer to their homes on the Big Island. According to CNN, the 2,000 degree lava is threatening a community of 950 residents, many of which have evacuated. The molten rock has consumed several roads, fields and Pahoa’s cemetery.
Vox reported that the lava flow has threatened the small town for months, and is now just 100 yards from the nearest home. Authorities are keeping a close eye on the rate at which the lava is flowing, as to know when to instill mandatory evacuation.
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Kilauea volcano has been continuously flowing since 1983, mostly pouring south towards the ocean. However, since June, the lava flow has changed direction towards the north east and the town of Pahoa.