Property losses mount on Hawaii's Big Island as lava flow spreads

06 June, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Hawaii volcano update

The rest were consumed weeks earlier in the larger Leilani Estates subdivision several miles (km) to the west, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3.

In theory, bombing a channel can slow the lava flow down and reduce the damage inflicted on cities because the deadly liquid moves fastest when contained in a channel or a lava tube, while lava that flows in a wider space is much slower and cools faster.

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

That figure "is the highest rate ever measured there", USGS seismologist Brian Shiro said, according to Big Island Video News.

Those earthquakes have continued near the summit, according to Jim Kauahikaua, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Darryl Sumiki, 52, of Hilo, watches as lava lights up the sky above Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. Places to stayKilauea volcano eruptions:Near-continuous eruptions.

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HONOLULU-Lava from the Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes in a mostly rural area on the Big Island of Hawaii overnight, a county spokesperson said Tuesday. "A Hawaiian County Fire Department overflight reported that the lava filled the lake and apparently evaporated all the water", the report said.

Officials are trying to airlift people out of the area around the volcano if the lava spreads even further, CNN reported.

One of more than a dozen fissures in the earth's crust caused by the natural disaster, Fissure 8, continues to feed a half-mile-wide lava flow toward the ocean at a rate of 250 feet per hour, the USGS said Sunday. The flow has prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze - steam formed of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

Hawaii Civil Defense spokesman Talmadge Mango said Friday that at least 87 buildings have been destroyed since the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3. Kahele said the devastation in the area was unprecedented.

Lava has been flowing in rural Big Island neighborhoods since fissures began opening in backyards a month ago.

Kilauea, standing at 4,091 ft (1,247 metres) tall, has now been erupting for 34 days in a row, the longest since 1955.

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