Hawaii volcano destroys more than 70 homes, utility poles as it cuts major highway



New lava flow covers the crucial highway in Hawaii

Officials estimate 1,000 inhabitants remain in the lava zone; Jeff Paul reports, of Pahoa, Hawaii.

A fast-moving flow of lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has crossed over a key of the highway, taking power lines as officials said the number of homes destroyed since the eruption started earlier this month has risen to more than 70.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency confirmed to Fox News that a total of 71 houses have been destroyed, and they expect the number to rise. There are additional structures which have been destroyed, such as outbuildings and barns, officials added.

A “quick” lava covered Highway 132 on Tuesday, which connects the commercial center of Pahoa with smaller villages and farms in the area.

A fast-moving flow of lava covers the Highway 132 in Hawaii on Tuesday, taking utility poles and knocking out power in the area.


“It took the road,” Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said Hawaii News Now. “We lost 132 and there is no power to that area and, as explained to me, it’s gonna be a longer outage.”

The U. S. Geological Survey said the lava flow from the Fissure 8 at a given moment, advanced 800 meters above the 80 minutes for the slow down of about 200 meters an hour on Wednesday morning.

Kilauea’s Message of Wed, 30 May 2018 00:21:42 HST: 12:20 AM HST: A fast-moving flow of lava is that along hwy 132, and is currently in the vicinity of the intersection of the Noni Farms road. The advanced ~800 m above the 80 minutes. The stream is fed by a sustained strong fountaining from the Fissure 8.

— USGS Volcanoes? (@USGSVolcanoes) 30 May 2018

The lava destroyed the local power supply of the equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots of areas in the direction of the coast. Hawaii Electric Light Co. said that it is evaluating how to provide power to these communities as soon as the eruption is over, but can’t finalize a plan until the area is stable.


Utility poles and power lines sit destroyed in the Kilauea lava flow on Pohoiki Road near Pahoa, Hawaii, USA, May 29, 2018.

(REUTERS/Marco Garcia)

The eruption is so far destroyed more than 400 utility poles, the company said.

The authorities warned residents in the Kapoho area, including Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacation Much to evacuate as fast-moving lava flow near the Highway 132 picked up speed and advanced in the direction of the field.

Maj. Jeff Hickman of the Hawaii National Guard, stands near a structure destroyed by Kilauea’s lava in Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, USA, May 29, 2018.

(REUTERS/Marco Garcia)

“You run the risk of being isolated as a result of the potential lava-floods of the Beach Road in the vicinity of Four Corners,” the warning said, according to Hawaii News Now.


Molten rock trapped at least one person who was rescued by the authorities. The Kilauea volcano is the release of the danger at the remote, rural south-eastern side of the island for nearly a month, the deportation of thousands of inhabitants.

The Kilauea lava flow cutting Kahukai Street in Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, USA, May 29, 2018.

(REUTERS/Marco Garcia )

Lava was shooting up from cracks in the ground and blowing strands of volcanic glass, while the explosions at the top were sending small eruptions of volcanic ash as high as 15,000 feet.

Wind was the wearing of volcanic glass, gases, air pollution and ash particles to other parts of the island. Authorities on Tuesday, residents are advised to minimize the exposure to prevent skin and eye irritation, and difficulty breathing.

A new gap has opened, bringing the total number of cracks spouting lava 24 since the eruption of the volcano began on 3 May, Hawaii County civil defence said.


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Lava is also related to two wells in a geothermal power plant. Officials of the province, said the connected wells were stable and controlled, and no dangerous gases are released.

Ormat Technologies, a Nevada company that is the owner of the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, told the Associated Press could not assess the extent of damage to the wells.

Fox News’ Dan Gallo in Hawaii and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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