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Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano creates almost a mile of new land

10 June, 2018, 22:43 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area east of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii U.S

The lava flows from the Kilauea volcano into an ocean bay have now created new land in Hawaii.

That latest toll of property losses from Kilauea's ongoing upheaval, which entered its 35th day on Wednesday, far surpasses the 215 structures destroyed by lava during all 35 years of the volcano's last eruption cycle, which began in 1983.

Since the Kilauea volcano first erupted in Leilani Estates on May 3, it has spread more than four billion cubic feet of lava on Hawaii's biggest island.

At the volcano's summit, sulphur dioxide emissions, while lower than those recorded in early to mid-May, are continuing to have an impact on air quality levels.

Hawaii governor David Ige said the state will allocate $12 million to help respond to the eruption, covering expenses ranging from overtime work to food and equipment.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting almost continuously for about five weeks now.

This June 6, 2018 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows a laze (lava haze) plume rising from the northern side of the fissure 8 lava flow margins in the former Kapoho Bay at the town of Kapoho on the island of Hawaii. The lake was hundreds of feet deep in some places. It also includes all homes in Vacationland.

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Kim told reporters in Hilo on Thursday the total includes about 320 homes in the coastal community of Kapoho. "I'm talking about 600 families".

The entire neighbourhood of Vacationland on Big Island has now been covered in lava.

At Kilauea's summit, increased quake activity has led to explosive eruptions, some of which have shot rock and ash high into the air.

So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's Hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcanic goddess of Hawaiian myth. This eruptive activity feeds a channel transporting lava to the east to the ocean entry in the Kapoho Bay area.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area, but up to a dozen residents who stayed in their homes could be dead, officials said.

It has forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant that normally provides about a quarter of the island's electricity.

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