Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Lava Destroys "Hundreds" More Homes In Hawaii

Lava Destroys

HONOLULU-Lava from the Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes in a mostly rural area on the Big Island of Hawaii overnight, a county spokesperson said Tuesday.

Janet Snyder said Tuesday that hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.

The lava flow, which has destroyed homes in the community of Kapoho and filled in an ocean bay known for snorkeling and tidal pools, is coming from a nearby fissure, which has spouted a fountain of lava that has reached as high as 250 feet in recent days.

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.

Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said people should stay at least 1,000ft from water's edge to avoid health effects from the laze, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The area contains a mix of vacation rental properties and year-round residences, The Associated Press reported.

The USGS shared aerial footage showing the lava from Fissure 8 forming a delta in Kapoho Bay. The 800-metre-wide (0.5 mile) front of the lava flow, which has now covered more than 20km sq of land (8ml sq) had been advancing at around 76 metres an hour (250ft/hr) and hit the the ocean in Kapoho Bay around 10.30pm Sunday (local time), creating spectacular plumes of steam.

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On Sunday, a USGS field crew was in the air in a helicopter when they noticed people on the ground needed help.

Between May 4 and Monday, there have been almost 10,000 earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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.

Officials warned the public to stay away from the plume because it can irritate skin and eyes and make it hard to breathe.

"These remnant and sub-populations of wildlife may no longer persist, rapidly decline, or become further fragmented and/or contract in range", said Steve Bergfeld, the Branch Manager of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, in the release.

A Kapoho man was arrested on Saturday, as lava approached the Four Corners intersection.

All beach parks in the area, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, are closed. He faces charges that include refusing to evacuate and reckless driving.

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