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Lava is spilling toward a key Hawaiian highway, but the governor says it's safe to visit the Big Island

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Lava is spilling toward a key Hawaiian highway, but the governor says it's safe to visit the Big Island

The world's largest active volcano is shooting fountains of lava more than 100 feet high and sending a river of molten rock down toward the main highway of Hawaii's Big Island.

The leading edge of the lava flow gushing out of Mauna Loa is about 3.6 miles away from Saddle Road, also known as Daniel K. Inouye Highway, as of 9 a.m. local time, according to a US Geological Survey news release.

CNN's Sara Smart, Andi Babineau, Steve Almasy, Dave Alsup, Rachel Ramirez, Chris Boyette and Monica Garrett contributed to this report.

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