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Lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight in Hawaii

06 June, 2018, 13:45 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • The easternmost Fissure 8 lava flow is seen in the vicinity of Kapoho Crater near Pahoa on Friday

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities that were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday. One shelter was full Tuesday, officials said.

No injuries were reported as most residents heeded advice to leave.

The incident didn't trigger tsunami warnings due to the small size of the quake.

This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava fountaining at a fissure near Pahoa on the island of Hawaii Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Instead, tsunamis or tidal waves, become more serious threats if the size of the quake increases, Preller said.

Kirk Rammer, a local resident whose home was destroyed by the lava flows over the weekend, expressed his sadness at the situation. The flight crew went to a safe location and dropped off the USGS team, then went back and airlifted the people to safety, Janet Babb said, a USGS geologist.

Eruptions like the one today may not wane anytime soon, Preller cautioned.

75 killed, 192 missing after Guatemala’s volcano spews more ash & mudflows
The chance of finding additional survivors in the affected area is also dwindling, according to CONRED spokesperson Juan Sanchez. Fuego, meaning "fire" in Spanish , is one of the most active volcanos in Central America.

However, the department is not planning on going out to catch wildlife and remove them, Bergfeld said. "The volcano is active and when these eruptive sequences get underway it's doing exactly as it's supposed to do, behaving as it should".

Kīlauea Volcano's current eruption centered in Leilani Estates on the Big Island of Hawai'i has destroyed almost 200 homes over the past day and a half.

He wants to return if lava spares his home on a ridge overlooking the ocean.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home.

The beach communities of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, some six miles downslope from the main active vent were inundated late Sunday evening.

Those who live or vacation in the area were mourning the loss of popular tide-pools where kids enjoyed swimming. Emergency management officials estimated that hundreds of homes in those subdivisions were destroyed by lava in addition to the dozens of homes destroyed in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in nearby Puna. "That coastline is really important to us- a place where we spent time with our family", said Franny Brewer who lives in upper Puna. "I've been crying a lot", she said.

Thousands of people have been displaced, and the slow-moving nature of the event has many living in a state of agonizing uncertainty.

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