Hawaii road re-opens amid stalled lava flow

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Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:07 PM

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County's civil defense director is asking motorists not to stop on a newly reopened road in a rural town to get a look at lava that has stalled less than 500 feet away.

A section of Pahoa Village Road that closed last month as lava threatened to cross it was re-opened Wednesday.

Lava from Kilauea volcano crossed a country road in Pahoa last month and residents braced for it to cover Pahoa Village Road, which goes through downtown. But the lava has been stalled for several weeks.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says the hardened lava is on private property.

While the lava's leading edge remains stalled, the civil defense agency says breakouts upslope remain active Thursday. However, the breakouts don't pose any immediate threat.