Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Eruption of lava continues from vent in Hawaii neighborhood

Eruption of lava continues from vent in Hawaii neighborhood

Officials with the USGS say there is no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open.

More recently a huge river of lava that has crept several miles across the landscape to the eastern tip of the island engulfed two entire seaside housing subdivisions - Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area with the force of a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

Kim, who had previously said it would take a minimum of $5 million per mile to fix roads ravaged by Kilauea, said the $12 million will help Hawaii County "focus on the critical tasks of making life better for our people affected by the eruption".

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has been erupting for 33 days.

"How soon vegetation comes back on a lava flow really depends on the type of lava it is, and how much rainfall there is in the area", said Babb.

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Geologists on Hawaii's Big Island are expecting further seismic activity to intensify and cause more explosions at the Kilauea summit.

"Rainfall really makes a difference", Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said. "So, it's usually ohia and ferns that are the first pioneers of those new lava flows".

"Our responsibility is to try to work with the community to rebuild out of harm's way", Kim said. The lava, which has covered more than 5,000 acres in this latest eruption that began on May 3, is very thick.

While the new land is owned by the state, people that have private property in the affected areas will still own their land, although it will need to be reassessed once the lava stops flowing. At the adjacent Kapoho Beach lots to the north, "just a few homes" are left standing, she added.

The latest estimate of property losses from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, far surpasses the 215 structures consumed by lava during an earlier eruption cycle that began in 1983 and continued almost nonstop over three decades. They too are cut off and inaccessible.

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