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Pahoa shopping center's tenants plan evacuation

Puna lava flow (file image) Puna lava flow (file image)

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The co-owner of a Big Island shopping center in the projected path of Kilauea's lava flow says all her tenants have an evacuation plan.

Suzanne Kruppa told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald Pahoa Marketplace tenants are on it.

Kurppa says people considered building a berm around the shopping center. But concerns a berm would divert the flow to someone else's property prevented them from pursuing it. She says nobody wants the liability.

The shopping center's gas station closed Tuesday. The supermarket, hardware store and eye clinic will close Thursday.

Jungle Love clothing store owner Becky Petersen says she may move her store to Hilo or Kona. She wants to stay as long possible and return if she can. She says she won't give up her store unless lava takes the building.

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