Lava Flow Destroys Hawaii Neighborhood’s Last Home

March 6, 2012

Officials say a flow of lava has destroyed the last home in a sparsely populated neighborhood in Hawaii’s Puna district, near Hilo.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported the neighborhood’s last resident, Jack Thompson, left his home about an hour before the lava flow came down the hill and burned the house to the ground Friday evening.

The destruction of Thompson’s home comes after years of lava flows from the Kilauea volcano.

Over the years, the lava has destroyed other homes and cut off the neighborhood’s roads.

The volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, but Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists warned several weeks ago that the lava was becoming more active.

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