NATION IN BRIEF : HAWAII : 3rd House in Week Destroyed by Lava

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 40-foot-wide finger of lava from Kilauea Volcano burned a house in Kalapana, Hawaii, the third dwelling destroyed in three days, authorities said. It was the 83rd house destroyed since the volcano's latest eruption began more than seven years ago. A 24-hour evacuation alert remained in effect for 26 houses in the rural Hawaii Island subdivision, authorities said. Damage from the lava has totaled more than $20 million since the volcano, the world's most active, started eruption in 1983.

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