Kilauea Volcano Still Erupting; More Than 600 Homes Destroyed
13 June, 2018, 02:44
Lava continued to fountain out of Fissure 8, reaching heights of about 200 feet, while Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass accumulated on the ground within Leilani Estates area.
Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has destroyed about 600 to 700 homes since it began flowing early last month and there's no sign of it stopping anytime soon, officials said Monday.
The Kapoho home was one of hundreds that have been charred by the massive lava flow coming from Fissure 8 on Hawaii's Big Island over the last few days.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warned residents to avoid the ocean entry area, as it continued to produce large plumes of lava.
Bob Fenton, FEMA administrator for Region IX, told reporters Monday he conducted an overflight of lava-ravaged areas and was "amazed at the amount of devastation".
On Sunday, another explosion spewed ash from the volcano, creating a driving hazard for roads on parts of the Big Island.
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Lava from various fissures - and lately from fissure 8 exclusively - has consumed homes in Leilani Estates, the neighboring Lanipuna Gardens and farther east at the Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland subdivisions in Kapoho, where the once-picturesque Kapoho Bay, prized for its tidepools, was filled in.
It's possible a new fissure will open or vigorous flows could emerge from vents that have been inactive. Only residents are allowed there.
At Kilauea's summit, there continue to be explosions that shoot plumes of ash into the sky.
Many people whose homes have been destroyed don't have insurance, and FEMA officials are working with local authorities to get disaster assistance to those who qualify. There were two small blasts Monday, including one after a magnitude-5.4 natural disaster, scientists said. But the unit has been broken since Thursday.
Ash expelled during explosions may cause poor visibility and slippery conditions for drivers.