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Hawaii Residents in Lava's Path Prepare for Evacuation

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The lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano is seen advancing across a pasture between the Pahoa cemetery and Apa'a Street, in this U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) image taken near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, Oct. 25, 2014.

The lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano is seen advancing across a pasture between the Pahoa cemetery and Apa'a Street, in this U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) image taken near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, Oct. 25, 2014.

Authorities have told about 4,000 people in the way of molten lava from the eruption of Kilauea Volcano to prepare for evacuation.

Officials have been warning residents of Pahoa the lava flow into the town appears “inevitable.” They say it is advancing at 10-15 meters per hour.

The Red Cross said it is opening a shelter for Hawaii residents who are in the path of 2,000 degree lava near the town of Pahoa, a historic former sugar plantation with small shops and homes on Hawaii's "Big Island."

The flow threatening the town began June 27, but Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983.


Some information in this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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