Lava from Kilauea volcano forces evacuation

Lava from Kilauea volcano forces evacuation

KALAPANA, Hawaii (AP) - Lava from Kilauea volcano has forced the evacuation of a Big Island couple and their dogs. They fled Sunday as the molten rock surrounded their two-story house in Kalapana, coming to within 100 yards of the structure.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Quince Mento says the lava is cooling, but more destructive lava was moving closer. Mento says four other houses in the area aren't immediately threatened.

On Saturday, lava crossed Kalapana's access road and enveloped the intersection of Highways 130 and 137. Lava also hit Highway 130 in May.

The town of Kalapana was overrun by lava in 1990, seven years after the current eruption of Kilauea began.

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