President Obama Signs Hawaii Disaster Declaration

Posted on November 5, 2014 By

Now Hawaii has surpassed Louisiana for variety on this slow moving lava disaster, although we do STILL have the Bayou Corne/Texas Brine Sinkhole

This Oct. 30, 2014 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava near the leading edge of the flow oozing over a concrete slab and towards a tangerine tree before solidifying near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lava from a vent at Kilauea volcano has been sliding northeast toward the ocean since June. The flow has slowed but largely has remained on course. Pahoa residents say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it creeps toward the ocean. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

This Oct. 30, 2014 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava near the leading edge of the flow oozing over a concrete slab and towards a tangerine tree before solidifying near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lava from a vent at Kilauea volcano has been sliding northeast toward the ocean since June. The flow has slowed but largely has remained on course. Pahoa residents say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it creeps toward the ocean. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

The declaration frees up federal money to help protect local communities from the lava flow, which began moving toward homes on the big island of Hawaii 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 the town of about 800 residents at the site of an old sugar plantation.

No homes have been destroyed and no injuries have been reported. ~Yahoo News/Reuters

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