Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Lava from Kilauea volcano completely fills Kapoho Bay: USGS

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO) Explosion rocks Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, sending ash 1 mile high
Lisa Bryan | 07 June, 2018, 11:40

Evans reports the cascade into Kapoho Bay is releasing toxic steam mixed with tiny particles of glass.

They didn't expect the lava flow to head their way.

Another three-dozen homes were confirmed destroyed at the weekend when a large lava stream creeping 6 miles across the landscape reached the far eastern edge of the Big Island, pouring into the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

"There's a lot of destruction", Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator, told CBS affiliate KGMB-TV. "It looks like there's no stopping it".

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened. These were vacation homes and rentals, as well as primary residences.

"I'm kind of at peace, actually", Johnson said of potentially losing his home of 28 years.

Civil defense spokeswoman Janet Snyder said later county tax records show the two subdivisions consist of 279 homes combined and that "many of those 279 homes are feared destroyed".

The state is issuing citations to those who needed to be rescued from mandatory evacuation areas. And on Sunday afternoon, 5.5-magnitude quake centered near Kilauea's summit rocked the Big Island.


The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent so much lava flowing into nearby Kapoho Bay that the area is now completely filled.

The flow, which is a half-mile wide in parts, entered the sea Sunday night, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense, sending large plumes of "laze" - a unsafe mix of steam, gas and volcanic glass - into the air. Any contact with laze plumes can cause serious irritation to the lungs, eyes and skin. Over the course of about eight months in 1990, 214 homes were destroyed in that area.

Aerial footage of Hawaii's Big Island shows the extent of the damage from the Kilauea volcano's latest explosion.

"The difference between our June 3rd and June 5th images are dramatic, with lava completely filling Kapoho Bay by yesterday afternoon", a spokesperson for the company said in a statement.

"Right now, we don't have anything". "I wish I could just find out if I have a house".

It's been more than a month since lava began its slow, destructive path after Kilauea erupted.

"USGS was on a routine overflight and saw people on the road in an area cut off by the lava".

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