Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time). On the left is an image from Tuesday, which shows some areas already blackened by lava.
And the lava keeps spewing, swallowing homes and igniting fears of more destruction to come. The area lies near the site of a seaside village buried in lava from a 1960 eruption.
The latest Kilauea eruption began on May 3 and has unleashed towering clouds of ash, hurled bombs of lava, and dumped rivers of molten rock into the tropical countryside, engulfing lush green landscapes and serene neighborhoods without discretion.
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Lava inundated the bay near Hawaii Island's eastern tip on Monday night, causing giant plumes of acidic fumes, known as 'laze, ' to billow from the ocean.
This latest disaster brings the total structures lost over the past month to well over 400.
Videographer Mick Kalber released this video of an overflight of the Kapoho area of the Big Island on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, with Paradise Helicopters. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava erupts in Leilani Estates.
The state is issuing citations to those who needed to be rescued from mandatory evacuation areas.
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"Right now, I'm hoping that it burns down", she said.
No injuries were reported in the most recent flow. When the super hot lava hits the ocean it produces a chemical reaction that produces a blend of hydrochloric acid, steam, and tiny particles of glass.
Continued earthquakes, including Sunday's magnitude 5.5 quake, damaged the overlook deck and other features at Jagger Museum in the national park, where most visitors go to see the summit lava lake, park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said.
Kilauea's current upheaval comes on the heels of an eruption cycle that began in 1983 and had continued almost nonstop for 35 years, destroying more than 200 homes.
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