Hawaii lava stalls just short of shopping center

December 24, 2014 6:00 AM

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Lava from the mountain believed to be home to the Hawaiian volcano goddess has stalled on its slow creep toward a Big Island shopping center.

Officials had been worried that the lava would hit Pahoa Marketplace on or around Christmas, but civil defense administrator Darryl Oliveira said Tuesday that the lava's leading edge had stopped about 700 yards from the shopping center, which has a supermarket, gas station and other stores.

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