Hawaii: Volcano explodes, lava stops short of shopping centre

Honolulu, Hawaii: Call it a holiday gift from Pele. Lava from the mountain believed to be home to the Hawaiian volcano goddess has stalled on its slow creep toward a Big Island shopping center.

Officials had been worried that the lava would hit Pahoa Marketplace on or around Christmas

Civil defense administrator Darryl Oliveira said Tuesday that the lava flow's leading edge has stopped about 700 yards (640 meters) from Pahoa Marketplace, which has a supermarket, gas station and other stores.

 Hawaii: Volcano explodes, lava stops short of shopping centre

In this photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, the active lava flow front continues to advance downslope towards the northeast about a mile and a half from the marketplace in Pahoa, Hawaii. AP

He says the lava front appears to have hardened and hasn't advanced at all since Monday, but it's unclear whether the molten rock has stopped or just stalled.

A new branch of lava about 300 yards (275 meters) upslope is still active. Oliveira says it could eventually surpass the stalled rock and become the new front.

Associated Press

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Updated Date: Dec 24, 2014 08:33:57 IST