Kilauea Volcano Still Erupting; More Than 600 Homes Destroyed
13 June, 2018, 02:43
U.S. Geological Survey and Hawaii County Civil Defense reports said lava overflowed the channel for several hours near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road, though nearly none of the overspill extended beyond hardened lava previously laid down since the eruption in Puna's lower East Rift Zone began May 3 in the middle of the residential subdivision.
On Tuesday, the USGS said that fissure 8 is continuing to produce a large channelized flow into the ocean, creating a large plume of hazardous emissions and volcanic glass shards.
Lava illuminates a sign in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii on June 9.
Fenton said he was "amazed at the amount of devastation" he has seen and that it is "going to take a whole community effort" to help in the recovery, KGMB reports. He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high".
"We've pretty much thrown everything at this event for the past month and half now", said Talmadge Magno, civil defense administrator.
Magno stressed that civil defense will remain activated round the clock, and that residents should remain vigilant.
Thousands of residents have fled their homes and at least 600 homes have been destroyed.
Kilauea's eruption is its most destructive in modern times, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said.
Already, the county has shelled out at least $3 million for disaster response, officials said.
At Kilauea's summit, there continue to be explosions that shoot plumes of ash into the sky.
A small explosion at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano shot more ash high into the atmosphere, putting communities in the southern part of the Big Island at risk, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. There's no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open, according to USGS scientists.