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Officials uncertain what path slowing lava breakout will take

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PAHOA, Hawaii >> The path the leading edge of lava flow from Kilauea Volcano will take as it continues to ooze toward a marketplace in Pahoa remains uncertain.

According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, that edge is about 2.4 miles above the intersection of Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130, near the area’s main grocery store.

The flow has reached a flat stretch of terrain, and while it slowly moves through the area, its future path cannot be mapped, observatory scientists report.  

While the breakout moved 400 yards on both Wednesday and Thursday, it slowed Friday, advancing about 145 yards, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oli-veira.

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