Lava flow breakout steams through forest in Hawaii. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano continued to inch toward the town of Pahoa on Thursday (November 20).
Television footage obtained from the County of Hawaii showed the flow breaking out in a lush forest on the Big Island a day after the lava flow had previously slowed down.
Residents of about 50 homes in the lava's projected path have been making preparations to flee for weeks. Many have emptied their houses in case an evacuation becomes necessary.
Pahoa, a town of about 800 people, stands on the site of a former sugar cane plantation on the eastern edge of the Big Island. Most of the town's business district lies to the south of the area that's in greatest danger.
Kilauea's current eruption began in 1983. The flow of lava that has menaced Pahoa began bubbling out of the volcano's Pu'u O'o vent on June 27 and has crept a distance of 13.5 miles (21.7 kilometres) since then. The leading edge of the lava can reach temperatures of about 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,149 degrees Celsius).
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