Eruption of lava continues from vent in Hawaii neighborhood

Aaron Brown
June 9, 2018

Twenty-four vents, or fissures, have opened up in a mostly rural district of the island since May 3, but lava was coming out only from one fissure, scientists said Friday.

"Rainfall really makes a difference", Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said. The fissure 8 flow has created a lava delta approximately 190 acres in size, filling Kapoho Bay and shallow reefs along the nearby coastline.

"Our responsibility is to try to work with the community to rebuild out of harm's way", Kim said.

Lava completely covered the Big Island's Vacationland neighborhood, destroying hundreds of homes and pouring into the Kapoho Bay, where it formed at least 0.8 miles of land that juts into the sea, the Associated Press reports.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, whose home was among those lost, said the increased toll makes the Kilauea eruption the most catastrophic event in the state's history.

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"So if you combine the three of them (Kapoho, Vacationland and Leilani), we're talking about 600 homes", he told reporters. "Don't forget the farmers, don't forget the ranchers, don't forget all the employees for them".

The lava is "enough to cover Manhattan 6.5 feet deep" and fill 11.3 million average dump trucks, it said.

The flow of molten rock prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze, a noxious combination of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area with the force of a 5.4 magnitude quake and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

In addition to property damage, the eruption has severed highways, knocked out power and telephone services and shut down a geothermal plant that usually provides about a quarter of the island's power.

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