Lava quickly swallows more homes in Hawaii
Volcanic eruption flow continues to swallow up land on the Big Island of Hawaii. Jeff Paul reports on the reaction of authorities and residents.
PAHOA, Hawaii – Hawaii, the governor and the federal emergency management officials were expected to travel to the Big Island on Thursday to discuss how to help the hundreds of residents displaced by the fiery eruption of Kilauea.
In the past month, more than 400 houses and other structures are destroyed, such as the volcano and the hot magma poured out through the neighbourhood after neighbourhood, torching everything in its path.
Volcanologists say a river of molten rock upwards of 20 feet high tore through the Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.
“Holiday is gone, there is no evidence of any properties at all,” Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), told reporters on a conference call.
“Holiday is gone, there is no evidence of the characteristics of.”
– Wendy Stovall, volcanologist, U.s. Geological Survey
One of the homes destroyed belonged to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim.
“I borrowed $5,000 to buy it,” he said during a meeting. “It sounds like nothing now, but it was all I had.”
Last weekend, Kirk Rahmer was yet another resident who lost his home.
“I have a lot of things behind, because I don’t want to feel like I was leaving my house,” Rahmer told Hawaii News Now. “So I’m really sad. I have myself always regarded as a tenant of Pele, the goddess of volcanic fire), so this may be my eviction notice.”
Gregory Braun, who has been in the flower business for four decades, lost five acres of orchids.
“Hawaii probably lost half of the cut-flower orchid production in four days,” he said. “We just do not believe that it would happen. We were there for so long and we were so recorded.”
“Hawaii probably lost half of the cut-flower orchid production in four days. We simply do not believe that it would happen.
– Gregory Braun, in the flower shop for four decades
On Wednesday, more than 500 earthquakes hit the Big Island.
On May 3, Kilauea started shooting ash plumes 30,000 feet in the air. Thick waves of lava seeped out of the cracks in the ground, destroying houses, choking off escape routes and knocking out power before creeping his way in the direction of the ocean.
If the pressure on the blue waters of the Pacific ocean, it caused a dangerous steam laced with hydrochloric acid and a good glass.
Thick “vog” – volcanic smog generated by vapor, sulfur dioxide gas and carbon dioxide – coated with a 2,400-hectare zone, and last week, USGS scientists warned of volcanic glass called “Pele’s hair” falling from the sky.
🗞️📸@HIgov_Health Vog (“volcanic smog”) contains toxic gases and particles, so it is important to take care of yourself if you find yourself with the wind of these volcanic emissions. Read more athttps://t.co/EW1chby7r3#HIGov #HINews #KilaueaEruption #LeilaniEstates pic.twitter.com/qvzYELq4Cn
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) 6 June 2018
There are new fears that the shift of the trade winds send vog plumes in the direction of the rest of the state.
At least seven people have been hurt since the first eruption, including three government employees, Hawaii County officials said Wednesday.