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Less than 4 kilometres separate Lava from Mauna Loa from an important highway. In the event that the road closes, officials claim they have a plan.

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Hawaii's Big Island's Mauna Loa volcano is still erupting, and local authorities and locals are monitoring the lava flow as it approaches a major highway

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and preparing for the prospect that access to the highway may soon be cut off, which would have a significant impact on daily life.

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The Daniel K. Inouye Highway, commonly known as Saddle Road, is 3.6 miles away from Mauna Loa lava as of Wednesday morning,

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according to the US Geological Survey. The main thoroughfare connects the island's east and west sides in the shortest amount of time.

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According to a statement from Adam Weintraub, the communication director for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, "county officials have been working with the state Department of Transportation

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on a plan to shut down the Daniel K. Inouye Highway if the lava moves close enough to the road to pose a hazard." The early plans could alter depending on how the lava flows.

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