Hawaiian volcano lava flows claims 21 homes

07 May, 2018, 07:53 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Hawaiian Volcano Erupts As Molten Lava Flows Into Residential Neighborhoods

Gary McMillan said his home is about 914 metres from one of the fissures that is spewing lava and gas into Leilani Estates.

Hundreds of people have evacuated from Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people, and Lanipuna Gardens. She says there was some steam rising from all parts of the yard initially but everything looked fine.

But she received alerts Saturday that motion sensors throughout the house had been triggered. Lava flows from the volcano have covered 48 square miles (125 square km), according to the USGS. While her home is likely safe from lava, she still hasn't been back since Friday's 6.9-magnitude natural disaster. "My son keeps asking me, 'Mommy when are we going to go home?'" "She's 88 years old", he told CNN affiliate KHON. "The general area of Leilani Estates remains at the greatest risk".

"My heart and soul's there", she said in a phone interview from a cabin on the north side of the Big Island, where the family had hunkered down. "It's devastating ... but I've come to terms with it".

The U.S. Postal Service said evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office, and that the downtown Hilo Post Office is closed until further notice due to possible structural damage to the Hilo Federal Building at 154 Waianuenue Ave. after Friday's magnitude-6.9 quake.

The lava lake at Kilauea's summit crater dropped significantly, suggesting the magma was moving eastward toward Puna, a mostly rural district of forests, papaya farms and lava fields left by past eruptions.

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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said at midday local time on Saturday that "eruptive activity is increasing and is expected to continue". He believes he saw its roof still standing in photos of the area but can't be sure. Nonetheless, the California native was sanguine as he assessed his scenario.

"What can you do?" "Pele's the boss, you know". The Lanipuna Gardens neighbourhood remained off-limits due to risky volcanic gases. One of the year's first harvests had been planned for this weekend. "Just knowing that we're not going to have a house, my wife is still in tears". They feared they might lose the house.

At least 100 people were staying in shelters on Thursday night.

Civil defense administrator Talmadge Magno told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that some residents of the evacuated subdivisions might be allowed to return briefly to their homes to tend to animals and collect important papers.

The number of lava-venting fissures in the neighborhood grew overnight from eight to as many as 10, Stovall said, though some have quieted at various points.

The U.S. Geological Survey says one of the new fissures has already stopped shooting lava.

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The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting almost continuously for more than three decades. The USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a discover in mid-April that there have been indicators of stress constructing in underground magma, and a brand new vent might type on the cone or alongside what's referred to as the East Rift Zone.

Henry Calio said the first sign that something might be wrong happened when cracks emerged in the driveway of his home in Leilani Estates. The usual activity of the volcano, with lavas coming out of the Puu Oo vent, and at the summit, could have easily convinced anyone that the eastern edge was off the hook.

Hours before Thursday's eruption, a 5.0-magnitude temblor shook the area.

He hoped to check on his home Sunday. However he realized it was too quickly to make sure when, or if, it will be secure from the shifting lava.

"I have lived through a lot of lava flows here, but never this close before", Stenback said. "This is one of them".

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