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Lava flows cut off access to more Hawaii districts

HONOLULU – lava from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano has cut off access to Kapoho and Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island, officials said Saturday.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency also said powerful lava eruptions continue in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

The eruption of the volcano began on 3 May, resulting in thousands of residents to evacuate and destroying dozens of homes.

Officials of the province said in a press release that there is no access to Kapoho and Vacationland along the Highway 132 or Highway 137 because of the lava flow.

Video posted on Twitter showed a lot of smoldering debris on the road, as there was smoke in the air.

The officials had issued mandatory orders for the residents of Leilani Estates and in Kapoho Beach Holiday to leave by on Friday afternoon or threatened to be locked up and unreachable by rescuers.

The residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, should also be prepared to evacuate with little notice, the officials said.

The eruption of the Kilauea volcano spouting lava, ashes and stones for almost a month. About two dozen recent cracks in the area, have made towering lava fountains and bone rattling explosions during the eruption.

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