MOSCOW, November 15 (Sputnik) — Lava that was filling the driveway of a trash transfer station on Hawaii’s Big Island has halted its advance, the Associated Press reported Saturday.
Officials of the Hawaii County Civil Defense reported that a breakout of the lava flow near the station was not active Friday. The lava flow had stopped burning asphalt.
Officials continue to monitor the breakout, as well as two others near the small town of Pahoa.
The Director of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Darryl Oliveira said the lava near the cemetery, which had burned down a house earlier this week has not moved significantly.
In addition, officials said the breakout does not pose any immediate threat to county residents.
Lava from the Kilauea volcano has been creeping toward Pahoa for months, raising concerns among area residents. Some of them were evacuated, others prepared to survive a possible disaster.
Last month, schools in Pahoa are were closed and about 1,700 students and 300 school employees were transferred to other educational sites.
Kilauea has erupted continuously from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983. The latest flow began on June 27. The last home destroyed by lava on the Big Island in Kalapana was in 2012.