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Rain tamps down smoke from Hawaii lava

November 3, 2014

Volcano monitors on Hawaii’s Big Island say overnight rain has reduced the smoke that’s coming from a lava flow that remains stalled after slowly creeping toward a small town.

Hawaii County Civil Defense director Darryl Oliveira said Sunday that the flow remains 480 feet (146 meters) from the main road in and out of Pahoa, a town of about 1,000 people.

Oliveira says 50 households in the town remain on alert to potentially evacuate because of possible fires and smoke.

Lava has been spilling down the flank of Kilauea volcano toward the northeast since June.

Oliveira says a report that someone falsely posing as a government inspector approached a resident within a blocked-off zone Friday was incorrect. He says authorities determined the incident was unrelated to the volcano and occurred outside the zone.

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