Hawaii Lava On Course To Hit Gas Station, Shopping Center By Christmas

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a supermarket and a gas station in seven to 10 days, officials said Monday.

Lava is about 1 mile from the shopping center in the small town of Pahoa, Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said. The shopping center also contains a hardware store, pharmacy and auto repair shop. There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about when the lava might reach the center and what it could hit. The lava could smother one structure in the complex or cover them all, he said.

“It just depends on what the flow does as it comes through,” he told reporters during a conference call.

Oliveira says the county has been in touch with the merchants about evacuation plans. The county hasn’t yet advised them to leave.

The gas station would sell its remaining fuel and pump out what’s leftover if it does have to evacuate, Oliveira said. It would then fill its tanks with water and firefighting foam.

This plan has been approved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and by the state Department of Health, he said.

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