Lava Living

Feb 27, 2013

Climate change is forcing some Virginians to consider a move.  Coastal areas and islands like Tangiers are losing land as the sea rises, flooding is more frequent, and hurricanes could be more dangerous than ever.  But for one Virginia couple, natural disasters are no deterrent.  They’ve chosen to live in one of the riskiest places on Earth, on Hawaii's big island, about 3 miles from Pu’u’o’o - a volcanic crater that’s been oozing lava for the last 30 years.

Credit U.S. Dept of Interior/U.S. Geological Survey

"We are not necessarily worried, but we are aware. We are aware that the volcano is in charge. We are here as long as the volcano lets us stay here," says Nancy Lowe.