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Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Erupts, Destroys Homes

10 May, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Made sure that people went in there and started evacuating. It has destroyed 36 structures since it began releasing lava into fissures that opened in a Big Island residential neighborhood last week. The 500-foot fissure appeared in Leilani Estates. Temperatures were so high, it described the asphalt road as "mushy" from the heat.

Plus, it's impossible to return to the land she owned and rebuild because it's covered by lava that's 40 feet deep.

"The steady lowering of the lava lake in "Overlook crater" within Halemaʻumaʻu at the summit of Kilauea volcano has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks", the USGS said in a statement.

The explosive eruptions could occur if the lava lake within the summit of the Kilauea volcano falls to the level of groundwater - a combination that would cause steam-driven explosions.

In case the explosions begin, the area may face a mini-apocalypse, with boulders weighing up to several tons and measuring up to two meters (yards) in diameter dropping from the skies within one kilometer (0.6 miles) from the volcano or even farther away.

The USGS also said that nearby towns could be dusted with volcanic ash if such an eruption took place. "As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue", US Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall said.

Janet Snyder, Hawaii County spokeswoman, said county officials received an update from PGV Wednesday morning. President Donald Trump approved a similar declaration Tuesday to address flooding on Oahu and Kauai.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, told evacuees he has called the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tell officials that he believes the state will need help to deal with the volcano. The estimated cost to protect residents over the next 30 days is expected to exceed $2.9 million, according to the governor's office.

Steam and gasoline rise from Kilauea's summit crater in Volcanoes Nationwide Park, Hawaii on Wednesday.

Per a report from USA Today, sulfur dioxide will immediately cause respiratory problems at low levels. Both subdivisions are located in the Puna district of Hawaii Island, commonly known as the Big Island, the largest of the Hawaiian islands in the Pacific Ocean.

At higher concentrations, vog can cause headaches and irritation to the lungs and eyes, the University of Hawaii at Hilo says.

If trade winds become lighter as predicted later this week, vog could pool northward over parts of the island by Friday, the weather service says. There are 14 lava-producing fissures in Leilani Estates, after two new ones formed Tuesday.

CBS affiliate KGMB-TV writes that Lanipuna Gardens is home to about 250 people and, like Leilani Estates, has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Thursday.

At least 26 of those structures are homes, but the agency did not specify the other nine structures that fell victim to the lava.

Talmadge Magno, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense, said earlier Wednesday that the pentane would be transported to Shipman Industrial Park for storage.

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