Moving lava threatens more homes on Hawaii's Big Island

Posted June 01, 2018

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been erupting for pretty much the entire month of May, slowly oozing molten rock out of several fissures in the ground.

But three weeks ago, Weisenbauer issued $25,000 in refunds to customers who will never get the chance to fall asleep to the sound of cocqi frogs as she watched and waited for the possibility lava would wipe it all away.

An active fissure in the hard-hit Leilani Estates community began belching lava at a faster rate on Sunday, forcing some residents to evacuate and leaving one man briefly trapped in his home.

Multiple fissures continue to spew up hot lava flows, which have blocked roads and damaged dozens of buildings on Hawaii's Big Island.

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One at the Halemaumau Crater pushed an ash cloud 13,000 feet into the air early Monday morning, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report.

According to the US Geological Survey, the Hawaii Civil Defense have evacuated the entirely of lower Puna to ensure that residents could escape before the lava hit.

Volcanic activity has destroyed at least 41 homes and a total of 82 structures, Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said.

It has been 27 days since the massive eruption of Kilauea sent lava gushing from cracks, spreading destruction through communities in the southeastern corner of Hawaii's Big Island.

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Hawaii County said lava destroyed the local electric utility's equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots neighbourhoods toward the coast. Vog is a haze created when sulfur dioxide gas and other volcanic pollutants settle with moisture and dust.

Then there's the danger of vog, or volcanic smog. "Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash". "People who ignore closures and warnings from police, fire and civil defense authorities not only put themselves in potentially life-threatening situations, but they are doing the same to our officers and emergency first-responders".

The eruption of Kilauea volcano, a major tourist attraction on the Big Island, has not affected flights in the area but its eruption is expected to affect tourism.

Leilani Estates resident Steve Gebbie said he lost his home to lava Sunday night. He showed a video of his property engulfed by smoldering black lava. "Donna's house is gone".

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"We've really been trying to clear up some misconceptions and tell people Hawaii is open for business".