Lava Eruptions Destroy At Least 5 Homes, Wreak Havoc In Hawaii

Hawaii's Big Island Kilauea volcano erupts, evacuations in place

Although no significant lava flows have yet formed, additional outbreaks of lava, which can reach temperatures of about 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,150 Celsius), were expected.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Saturday that several new lava fissures had opened in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Puna District, about 19km from the volcano. Volcanic eruptions can release potentially risky sulfur dioxide - and fire department personnel have detected high levels of the gas in the evacuation area, the civil defense agency said.

At least nine homes have now been destroyed, Hawaii County officials said.

Scientists and volcanologists are now trying to determine the movement of the magma under the volcano.

"When you are exposed to that level of SO2 in the Leilani Estates area you need more protection than we have available to us", she said.

But highly toxic sulfur dioxide gas pouring from some fissures continued to contribute to "extremely dangerous" conditions.

He monitored distant cameras arrange in his residence and stated his residence was nonetheless intact.

And evacuated residents have been told they won't be going home for some time.

"I was a critical care nurse for 37 years, so I understand the health implications and the dangers involved", McMillan said.

Local authorities held a community meeting with residents from lava affected areas Friday night at Pahoa High School.

Hawaii Electric Light said the jolt knocked out power to about 14,400 customers, but electricity was restored about two hours later.

The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting almost continuously for more than three decades.

Lava emerges from the ground after Kilauea Volcano erupted, on Hawaii's Big Island May 3, 2018, in this still image taken from video obtained from social media.

"The closest resort areas, in Kona and the Kohala Coast on the island of Hawaii's west side, are more than 100 miles away from where the lava flow is occurring and shielded by the massive mountains of Maunakea and Maunaloa".

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park evacuated all visitors and non-emergency staff. Residents there and in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision were ordered to evacuate, schools were closed and a geothermal plant was temporarily shut down.

Fire officials conducted another safety sweep of homes Sunday and watched helplessly as the lava engulfed a green single-story house.

Within the many years since, the lava movement has buried dozens of sq. miles of land and destroyed many houses.

"I urge residents in Leilani Estates and the surrounding areas to follow instructions". The series of quakes came after a collapseof a crater floor of Puu Oo. Hawaii Gov. David Ige said residents in the area were being sheltered at Pahoa and Kea'au community centers.

By Sunday morning on Hawaii, the overall number of total cracks that have at one point spewed or sputtered lava had risen to 10. She later confirmed that lava had covered her entire property.

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