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Aerial Photos Show Lava Creeping Toward Hawaii Town

Lava moves past a pile of tires it ignited as it flows towards Pahoa, Hawaii on Tuesday. The lava flow from Mount Kilauea is slowly moving toward a populated section of the town, burning everything in its path.

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The lava flow dissects a road outside Pahoa. The lava moved 100 yards closer to occupied homes during Tuesday, and "entered a private residential property," officials said.

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People stand on lava after it cooled. The utility pole was protected by surrounding it with heat-resistant materials to keep it from burning, an idea that came from local high school students.

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Lava has a mind of its own, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. It can change direction as the flow widens on either side and snake off in new rivulets that experts call "fingers."

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The slow movement of the lava — only about 30 feet an hour Tuesday — and the uncertainty of where it will go next are why authorities still haven't ordered a mandatory evacuation in Pahoa, a town of nearly 1,000 people.

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