Lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight in Hawaii

Glen Norman
June 6, 2018

Some chose to stay in the area, which now has no power, cell reception, landlines or county water, officials said.

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.

Thousands of people in the Puna district have had to evacuate.

Thermal images of the Fissure 8 lava fountain show how much it grew late last week and a pu'u (cone) has built up downwind.

. Both are at risk of being cut off as lava flows toward the ocean and blocks potential escape routes.

National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered the last group of evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island early on Saturday, hours before lava from the Kilauea volcano cut off road access to the area, officials said.

Lava early Tuesday destroyed Big Island Mayor Harry Kim's second home in Vacationland, Snyder said. "However, some areas may have experienced strong shaking", PTWC said in the statement.

Last Sunday, the USGS piloted a drone to help an emergency crew navigate the harrowing landscape to save a life.

"They are being asked to leave".

Snyder said from now on, the county will provide counts of homes destroyed.

A morning overflight confirmed that lava completely filled Kapoho Bay, inundated most of Vacationland and covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Seven people were cited Saturday for loitering in a disaster zone, and they will have to appear in court, Hawaii officials said.

Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea Volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters.

Seaside residents and boaters also have been warned to avoid noxious clouds of laze - a term combining the words "lava" and "haze".

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

The current activity has been accompanied for weeks by daily explosions of gas and volcanic rock from Kilauea's summit crater as well as earthquakes. The largest measured at 3.5 magnitude.

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