Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Lava from Hawaii volcano covers 8 square miles

Residents stranded in area of Hawaii cut off by lava | TheHill 500 More Evacuated in Hawaii as Lava Severs Road
Lisa Bryan | 06 June, 2018, 00:47

On Monday, civil defense reported a total of 117 homes and other structures destroyed across the island's larger lava-stricken region, as the eruption from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, continued through its 33rd day.

Residents were advised to evacuate by Friday afternoon or get arrested, and emergency responders said they had no plans to rescue anyone from the evacuated areas past the deadline, the agency said.

"For us it's more of a vacation area, but for those who live there permanently, they're trying to figure out where they're going to be living", he said.

"They are being asked to leave".

Another 2,000 people have already been evacuated from Leilani Estates, an area further west where dozens of homes have been devoured or cut off by rivers of lava streaming over the landscape since May 3. As of early Tuesday, lava burned down at least 159 homes, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports.

Officials said on Saturday that access to Kapoho had been cut off.

Those in Kapoho - including the Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland communities - also were ordered out because of the risk of getting trapped by the lava. The seven individuals will have to appear in court, Hawaii officials said.


Plumes of volcanic ash belched into the air by periodic daily explosions from the crater at Kilauea's summit have posed an additional nuisance and a health concern to nearby communities. Kahele said the devastation in the area was unprecedented.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to persistent earthquakes and eruptions of corrosive volcanic ash.

Lava from a fissure near the volcano entered Kapoho Bay overnight, forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere as hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii Civil Defense warned residents to avoid contact with the "laze" steam, which can contain hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles.

Although volcanic activity has only affected a small amount of forest area, authorities are concerned the wildlife unique to the region may be in danger.

"Multiple observations from field crews and overflights suggest the Fissure 8 fountain is less vigorous this evening, with maximum heights of 130-160 feet", USGS reported last night.

In addition, at over four weeks, this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.

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