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Kilauea Lava Flow Reaches Ocean

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Flow Cuts Off Roadway; Last Residents Evacuate
The latest flow from Kilauea Volcano reached the ocean overnight Wednesday. Access to Kilauea's eruption was cut off Wednesday after the current lava flow crossed the last Big Island access road to the site. After threatening for several days, lava crossed the access road, cutting off a lava viewing site and forcing the last residents to evacuate. The homes that were in danger were not destroyed by Thursday. "The speed at which she moved from the base to where she is now is much, much faster than anyone, I'm talking about the scientists, anticipated. We are where we thought we would be by maybe next week sometime at the earliest, and here we are." Lava from the volcano eruption that began in 1983 destroyed four or five abandoned structures in Royal Gardens over the past two weeks.

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