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Volcano Lava Flow in Hawaii Declared Disaster by Obama

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A breakout occurs from an inflated lobe of the Kilauea volcano lava flow as seen in this U.S. Geological Survey handout photo taken near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, November 2, 2014. (Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 09:02 AM

A slow-moving lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that threatens homes on the big island of Hawaii has been declared a major disaster by President Barack Obama.

Reuters reported the White House as saying the declaration on Monday frees up federal money to help protect local communities from the lava flow, which began moving toward the homes on on June 27 and is threatening Pahoa village.

The leading edge of the flow has paused about 185 yards from Pahoa Village Road, the main thoroughfare through an old sugar plantation.

No homes have been destroyed and no injuries have been reported.

Kilauea has erupted continuously from its Pu'u O'o vent since 1983. The last home destroyed by lava on the Big Island was at the Royal Gardens subdivision in Kalapana in 2012.

On Sunday, two Hawaii residents were charged with trespassing after police found the man and woman snapping pictures within five feet of a slow-moving river of molten lava, police said.

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A slow-moving lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that threatens homes on the big island of Hawaii has been declared a major disaster by President Barack Obama.
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