Hawaii volcano lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight

Residents stranded in area of Hawaii cut off by lava | TheHill

Lava from the lower east rift zone of Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano has now destroyed more than 110 homes on the Big Island, with another 30 lost over the weekend as the flow from the month-long eruption cut a path through a residential area in Kapoho Bay. He said that number was sure to grow because there were many more damaged homes to count.

An estimated 500 people live in the Kapoho area, but Snyder said it was not immediately clear how many residents, if any, had chosen to stay behind.

Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Scientists said a laze plume was blowing inland from the ocean entry but dissipating quickly.

A map shared by the US Geological Survey on Twitter Saturday afternoon showed the lava flow encroaching on the community of Kapoho and MacKenzie State Park.

Officials warned residents about the presence of laze, a potentially unsafe mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and tiny glass particles in the air.

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Officials warned the public to stay away from the plume because it can irritate skin and eyes and make it hard to breathe.

"The lava breakout on the north side of the Kapoho cinder pits continues to be stalled southeast of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Cinder Road", the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports.

"USGS was on a routine overflight and saw people on the road in an area cut off by the lava. And I don't know what to do", she said. "Persons in violation of this order are subject to arrest and will be liable for any costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area". Police on Monday said a man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching. "Refusing to evacuate may put you, your family and first responders in danger".

"We're waiting for Pele to make the decision", said Steve Kirkpatrick, a retired mailman and 14-year resident of Leilani Estates, referring to the volcano goddess of Hawaiian myth.

As the threat of lava blocking planned the two highway escape routes, contractors have been bulldozing an alternative escape route through the adjacent Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Instead, tsunamis or tidal waves, become more serious threats if the size of the quake increases, Preller said.

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