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Hawaii volcano lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight

06 June, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Hawaii Civil Defense Service officials said they went through the neighborhood to warn residents this was their last chance to evacuate before their final escape route was cut off by lava.

Officers have issued 18 total citations in the last week to people for bypassing checkpoints and entering risky areas, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) said in a statement.

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.

An estimated 500 people live in the greater Kapoho area, but Snyder said it was not immediately clear how many residents, if any, chose to stay behind.

On Monday, civil defense reported a total of 117 homes and other structures destroyed across the island's larger lava-stricken region, as the eruption from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, continued through its 33rd day.

The US Geological Survey reported late on Friday that the molten rock was approaching the intersection of highways 132 and 137 in an area known as Four Corners on the southeast corner of the island.

Mehana Kihoi hands out goods to Leilani Estate evacuees at the community organized Pu'uhonua o Puna, a center to help those affected by the recent lava eruption, in Pahoa, Hawaii, May 29, 2018.

"They are being asked to leave".

A thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows on Sunday, June 3 as the flow from Fissure 8 continues to advance towards the ocean in Kapoho Bay.

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots is also threatened.

Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea Volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters.

Toxic sulfur dioxide gas emissions have created an additional hazard. This eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.

At the Kilauea summit, another explosion occurred early Tuesday morning, accompanied by a 5.5 magnitude natural disaster.

The quake comes on the heels of a separate 5.5 magnitude tremor at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, that also rattled the summit area and cracked the overlook deck at Jaggar Museum.

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