Lava on Hawaii continues moving through vacant lot

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Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:37 PM

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to move slowly through a vacant lot in a rural subdivision.

Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton says it looks like the lava will bypass homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.

He says that as of Tuesday, the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road. The road is the main drag though Pahoa Village and from there, it could reach Highway 130. The highway is a lifeline for residents living on the Big Island's Puna district.

Workers continue to prepare unpaved roads to be used as alternate routes in case lava crosses the highway.

The lava has slowed in recent days. Hawaii County Civil Defense says it advanced 270 yards since Monday. The flow is about 100 yards wide.