Lava from Hawaii volcano has destroyed 600 Big Island homes, mayor says

Lava from Hawaii volcano has destroyed 600 Big Island homes, mayor says

Lava from Hawaii volcano has destroyed 600 Big Island homes, mayor says

Approximately 600 homes have been destroyed by lava flows on Hawaii's Big Island since the current eruption of Kilaeua Volcano began early last month, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says.

Lava flows across a highway on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018.

Several miles (km) west of Kapoho Bay, another 80 structures, mostly homes, were destroyed weeks ago in the Leilani Estates community, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3 on the volcano's lower flank, according to civil defense officials.

Also present at the press conference, Hawaii Governor David Ige said state will allocate 12 million US dollars to help respond to the eruption, covering expenses ranging from overtime work to food and equipment.

An explosion at the volcano's summit yesterday afternoon caused a thick ash plume to reach 10,000 feet above sea level. A plume of toxic volcanic lava haze, called laze, stretched for miles.

The temblor came just hours after U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said another eruption was imminent.

Meanwhile, lava from Fissure 8 continued to creep, after inundating Kapoho Bay and decimating what could be hundreds of houses in the nearby communities of Kapoho and Vacationland.

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It won't look like the farmland that dominates that region of the Big Island anytime soon.

Kilauea is one of five volcanoes on the Big Island and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, according to the ESA.

As of early Friday 24 separate fissures covered almost 8 square miles of land in lava.

"Rainfall really makes a difference", said Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane.

Scientists from the air and on the ground are trying to track existing ground cracks.

People that have private property in the affected areas will still own their land, though it will need to be reassessed once the lava stops flowing.

Many homeowners are unable to access their homes as the lava damaged the properties.

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