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Lava flow no longer advancing toward Daniel K. Inouye Highway, USGS officials say

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Hawaii's spectacular flow of lava inspires a mix of wonder and worry

A man talks on a phone in his car alongside Saddle Road as the Mauna Loa volcano erupts near Hilo, Hawaii.

Officials say lava is no longer a threat to a key Hawai'i Island highway right now.

HAWAII COUNTY, Hawaii (KITV4) -- The lava flow that has been slowly approaching the Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the Big Island is no longer expected to reach the highway, United States Geological Survey (USGS) officials said Thursday at the daily press briefing on the Mauna Loa eruption.

"That's good news for us, gives us a little bit more time before anything gets down to Daniel K. Inouye Highway, hopefully," Mayor Mitch Roth said. 

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