Hawaii volcano lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight

06 June, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Hawaii volcano update

Lava emerges from the ground after Kilauea Volcano erupted, on Hawaii's Big Island May 3, 2018, in this still image taken from video obtained from social media.

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.

More homes have been destroyed, earthquakes are continuing and lava is now entering the ocean in Kapoho Bay.

On Saturday, (June 2), at approximately 8:30 a.m., a male party drove up to a police checkpoint on Government Beach Road, (Highway 137), just north of Highway 132, "Four Corners" intersection. They stopped to inquire of their situation, and then when asked, airlifted them to a safe place. As of early Tuesday, lava burned down at least 159 homes, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports.

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All but a few of the estimated 500 inhabitants of Kapoho and adjacent Vacationland development are now believed to have fled their homes, an agency spokesman said. The lava from the Kilauea volcano has covered an area of 9 square kilometres - four times as big as New York's Central Park, according to USGS.

Kilauea, which is located on Hawaii's Big Island, began erupting more than a month ago.

Snyder said Kapoho Bay is nearly completely filled with lava, with the flow from fissure 8 protruding 0.7 miles into the bay.

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.

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Continued earthquakes, including Sunday's magnitude 5.5 quake, damaged the overlook deck and other features at Jagger Museum in the national park, where most visitors go to see the summit lava lake, park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said.

This combines a toxic steam, known as laze - combining the words lava and haze - and contains tiny particles of volcanic gas.

Besides the lava, there's also the danger of "vog", or volcanic smog. The USGS, posted a photo to Facebook from earlier this week that shows building pyrocumulus clouds over fissure 8.

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