VIDEO: The Devastating Moment a Lava Flow That Has Been Slowly Inching Down a Hawaii Mountain for Four Months Engulfs Its First Home

VIDEO: The Devastating Moment a Lava Flow That Has Been Slowly Inching Down a Hawaii Mountain for Four Months Engulfs Its First Home

There’s always a risk if you choose to live on an island with active volcanoes. Hawaiian residents are facing that reality now, as a lava flow resulting from a volcanic eruption in 1983 has slowly descended down a mountain and claimed its first home.

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Slow-moving lava which has been creeping down a Hawaii mountain since June has reached civilian territory, incinerating a home.

The $200,000 house was cleared out and abandoned by its Oregon-based owners in September and no injuries were reported as molten rock engulfed the structure on Monday, officials said.

It is the first residential property hit by the lava that has crept towards the town of Pahoa, the largest town in Big Island’s agricultural Puna district, for weeks.

The molten rock hit the house just before noon, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira.

It took about 45 minutes for the 1,100-square-foot home to burn down, Oliveira said.

‘The house has been destroyed,’ he said.

Thankfully, the lava flow is moving as slowly as it is, which has given residents plenty of time to evacuate and get to safety. It is unfortunate that a family has lost their home, but homes can be rebuilt — lives can’t be replaced.

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