The governor says the Big Island is safe to visit despite lava flowing toward a Hawaiian highway

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The biggest active volcano in the world is spewing lava fountains more than 100 feet high and spewing a river of molten rock in the direction of Hawaii’s Big Island’s major road.

As of 9 a.m. local time, a US Geological Survey press release states that the leading edge of the lava flow bursting out of Mauna Loa is roughly 3.6 miles distant from Saddle Road, also known as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

The road that connects the east and west sides of the island could take at least two days to be reached by lava flows, according to USGS officials on Wednesday. According to the announcement, the advancing flows “are approaching a rather level area and will begin to slow down, spread out, and inflate.”