Hawaii lava flow shifts, but still near Pahoa town

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Posted: Dec 01, 2014 5:41 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County says the front of a lava flow near the small town of Pahoa has shifted.

County civil defense officials said Monday the front is now nearly 3 miles upslope of an intersection at the entrance of Pahoa town.

The lava is moving through forested land and has advanced about 400 yards since Sunday. The county says the lava doesn't immediately pose a threat to area communities.

Lava from the volcano crossed a rural road in Pahoa in October and burned a house last month. The flow came within 500 yards of Pahoa's main road, but then stalled on private property.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously for more than 31 years. Lava from the volcano began flowing northeast toward Pahoa in June.