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Lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight in Hawaii

06 June, 2018, 18:42 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight in Hawaii

The latest estimates-up to 80 more structures destroyed by lava than previously counted-could bring the total number of homes and other buildings lost over the past month to almost 200.

"This eruptive activity continues to feed a channel transporting lava to the east to the ocean entry in the Kapoho Bay area".

No injuries were reported in the most recent flow.

This image from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows shows the lava flow originating from Fissure 8 (not visible in photograph) entering Kapoho Bay on Monday.

Lava is also believed to have filled in a small bay at the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island, civil defense officials said on Tuesday.




"We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland last night", Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County, said Tuesday.

The beach communities of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, some six miles downslope from the main active vent were inundated late Sunday evening. The area is primarily home to vacation rentals, but there are a lot of permanent residences there too. It was not clear if any damage was caused, but no tsunami was expected, officials said.

Snyder said it was hard to count homes in that area from the air because of steam produced from lava entering the ocean. Over the weekend, the US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported more than 500 earthquakes in a 24-hour period - the most ever measured by HVO scientists.

Parts of Kilauea have been suffering continuous eruptions since early 1983 - but with little sign that this latest phase is abating, beleaguered residents are preparing themselves for months of disruption. Thousands in the Puna district left after lava fissures started opening in neighborhoods a month ago. Officials issued mandatory orders for residents of Leilani Estates, and those in Kapoho Beach and Vacationland were advised to leave last Friday or risk being trapped and unreachable by emergency crews.

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