VOLCANO, Hawaii — A lava flow from Kilauea volcano bore down on homes in a Hawaii island housing area Thursday, forcing authorities to evacuate several families and put other residents on alert.
"Unless there is a dramatic change over the next hour or so, we're going to lose a home in Royal Gardens" housing area, said Harry Kim, Hawaii island Civil Defense director.
The slow-moving, 300-foot-long flow entered the southeastern part of Royal Gardens on the southeastern coast of Hawaii island. It was within 10 yards of the unoccupied one-story home, Kim said.
Residents of five other homes off the same street along the housing area's boundary were ordered to evacuate or had already done so voluntarily, Kim said.