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Over 600 homes destroyed by lava rivers in Hawaii

12 June, 2018, 07:09 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • United States Geological Survey shows lava flowing out of Kilauea Volcanos fissure 8 on Hawaiis Big Island and then entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and Vacationland

Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii's five volcanoes, is feared to be on the brink of another major eruption after being rattled by more than 500 earthquakes over the weekend.

Authorities began evacuating the greater Kapoho area last week and ushered most of the last remaining residents to safety early on Saturday, hours before the lava flow severed all road access to the region.

This Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows a fish-eye view of a lava delta filling the former Kapoho Bay at the town of Kapoho on the island of Hawaii.

The lava from Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created almost a mile of new land, the officials added.

He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high".

"Our responsibility is to try to work with the community to rebuild out of harm's way", Kim said. The latest estimate of property losses came after Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a document that enables financial support from a state disaster relief fund. People that have private property in the affected areas will still own their land, though it will need to be reassessed once the lava stops flowing.

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The lava destroyed over 600 houses in Hawaii and poured in low-laying neighbourhoods of Hawaii.

Lava completely covered the Big Island's Vacationland neighborhood, destroying hundreds of homes and pouring into the Kapoho Bay, where it formed at least 0.8 miles of land that juts into the sea, the Associated Press reports. There was no lava activity from the other fissures but fissures 24, 9, and 10 were billowing gases, scientists said.

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.

The lava's entry into the ocean was also producing laze - a hazardous mix of acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass.

Frequent earthquakes, mostly of relatively small magnitude but numbering in the thousands, have persisted throughout the eruption, adding to the jitters of residents living closest to the volcano.

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