Close Window
Hawaiian Lava Comes Dangerously Close to Home July 23, 2010
Kilauea lava flowing over road
A flow of Kilauea lava covered parts of Highway 130 in the south of the Big Island of Hawaii.
A fresh surge of lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano force a couple and their dogs to evacuate their home, which was being surrounded by the molten rock.

The lava came to within about 300 feet of their residence, sparking several forest fires and crossing an access road.

Vulcanologists and civil defense officials say they hope the lava will stop moving parallel to the coast and begin flowing directly to the ocean, away from any more structures.

Lava flows in 1987 buried much of the Royal Gardens subdivision, which was located near the boundary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Photo: USGS - HVO