PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava threatening a rural Hawaii town has stopped its slow, forward advance — for now.
Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said Thursday the front of the lava flow has been stalled for about a week. It's still about 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road, which goes through downtown.
It's possible the lava could start to be more active in the coming days. Officials are continuing to monitor other parts of the flow where the lava has branched out.
Residents in the Big Island's Puna district have had weeks to prepare for the slow-moving lava from Kilauea volcano.
On Oct. 26, the flow crossed a country street on the edge of Pahoa. Since then, it's smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a garden shed. The lava also has also burned tires, some metal materials and vegetation.