Hundreds of homes destroyed by Hawaii lava

06 June, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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"However, some areas may have experienced strong shaking", PTWC said in the statement. Lava has inundated most of Vacationland and has covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots.

Lava also destroyed a freshwater lake, boiling away all of the water in it, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported late on Saturday.

All but a few of the estimated 500 inhabitants of Kapoho and adjacent Vacationland development are now believed to have fled their homes, an agency spokesman said. Officials had previously been updating the number of structures burned because it was hard to tell from aerial surveys which were homes or other buildings.

Hawaii County Civil Defense says Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials.

When asked at a news conference Monday about the number of evacuations, he said he didn't have a good estimate because up to 80% of the houses in some areas are vacation rentals.

Lava destroyed Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim's second home in Vacationland. The flow has prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze - steam formed of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

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Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said people should stay at least 1,000ft from water's edge to avoid health effects from the laze, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

"This is the hottest lava we've seen during this eruption", Wendy Stovall, a scientist with USGS, told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Here's the lava from Fissure 8 in Kapoho Bay, 24 hours earlier on Sunday morning.

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Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that is filling in Kapoho Bay.

A Kapoho man was arrested on Saturday, as lava approached the Four Corners intersection. "Refusing to evacuate may put you, your family and first responders in danger".

At the same time, most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the island's biggest tourist attractions, remains closed indefinitely due to hazards from ash and volcanic rock ejected from the summit crater, and accompanying earthquakes that have damaged park facilities.

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