Monday, 24 September, 2018

Hawaii lava evacuee recounts neighborhood shooting near flow

USGS via Zuma Press The vigorous lava fountain at Fissure 8 reached heights of 150 ft as shown in this image taken USGS via Zuma Press The vigorous lava fountain at Fissure 8 reached heights of 150 ft as shown in this image taken
Steven Clarke | 12 June, 2018, 07:08

There are homes still standing in several subdivisions that have been inundated by lava, but many homeowners are unable to get back to those properties because the lava has already cut them off.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say they don't know when the volcanic activity will stop.

Lava has swamped the island's largest lake as well as the areas of Vacationland and Kapoho Bay.

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018. The lava filled Kapoho Bay within two hours after the eruption began and formed a delta extending almost a mile from shore as it cools, according to the USGS.

An ever-creeping wall of lava from Kilauea Volcano has engulfed two entire seaside housing tracts at the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island, government scientists reported on Wednesday, an area where civil defense officials said almost 280 homes once stood.

Lava completely covered the Big Island's Vacationland neighborhood, destroying hundreds of homes and pouring into the Kapoho Bay, where it formed at least 0.8 miles of land that juts into the sea, the Associated Press reports.

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Increased quake activity in the region earlier in the day fit what Stovall called a "pattern" for explosive eruptions at Kilauea's summit.

"A lot of the ocean entries are extraordinarily unstable", Ferracane said.

The lava, which has covered more than 5,000 acres (2023.47 hectares) in this latest eruption is not only expansive, but very thick.

An estimated 2,500 people have been displaced by evacuations across the island since the eruption began five weeks ago, spouting fountains of lava and high concentrations of toxic sulfur dioxide gas through about two dozen volcanic fissures at the foot of the volcano. They too are cut off and inaccessible.

Hawaii county Mayor Harry Kim on Thursday said the homes were destroyed in three days at Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots in Pahoa, including the Mayor's own house in Vacationland, Xinhua news agency reported.

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