Up-Close Lava Visit Like 'Standing Inside of a Furnace'

ABC's Clayton Sandell tours the lava flow threatening homes and a town on Hawaii's Big Island.
1:28 | 10/24/14

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Rebecca Monroe at ABC news I wanted to show you something right here. On the leading edge of a lava flow on the big island of Hawaii this came from the killer whale volcano this particular problem flow started. On June 27. And it has traveled about eleven miles so far. And the problem is it's headed right for. A small town of a whole lot. Take a look at what we're standing on here this is. Lava that. Flowed probably just 24 hours ago and if you look carefully. You can see just might want to hear what in these cracks and actual. Molten lava. Thousands of degrees down there. Sort of try to stay out of the dangerous stuff take a look at this every once and awhile on the lava field you'll see these. Hollowed out half tubes here with white powder in them what that is is it Sri. Belltown pub and then was surrounded. When the lava kind of form to two around the tree. What about white stuff you're seeing problem that actually apps from a tree that would no longer exists and this kind of wanted to give me a sense of what it's like there it is. Incredibly hot it's almost like literally standing inside of a furnace.

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