(The Canadian Press) HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Flowing lava from an erupting volcano could soon force dozens of residents of an area in Hawaii to flee their homes.
Authorities on Saturday told them to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as the molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes.
The flow was about 35 yards wide and moving northeast at about 10 yards per hour.
Lava of some 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit crossed a road on the edge of Pahoa, the largest town in the mostly rural region of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii, at 3:50 a.m.
It was about six-tenths of a mile from Pahoa Village Road, the town's main street.
It's not clear when it might reach the village road as the flow has been advancing erratically, said Matt Patrick, a geologist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983. Most lava from this eruption has flowed south, enveloping the Kalapana and Royal Garden residential subdivisions as it poured out to sea.
For the past two years, however, the lava has been flowing to the northeast, bringing it to Pahoa's doorsteps.