Living in a State of Emergency: Life Near the Path of an Active Lava Flow

September 23, 2014 6:50 PM

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Living in a State of Emergency: Life Near the Path of an Active Lava Flow

Walking home from a neighbor's late last night, I was surprised to see a plume of heavy smoke rising above the treetops like the spout of a whale. Even at night, the smoke remained visible in the dark, the grey smog several shades lighter than the black sky, an ominous cloud blocking out the stars.

Earlier this month, my town of Pahoa--a small, eclectic jungle town in the district of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii--was declared to be in a state of emergency as lava began to pour steadily from mouth of the active volcano Kilauea.

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