Lava has destroyed 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island, mayor says


Lava has destroyed 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island, mayor says

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano have created roughly a mile of new land.

The smoke is a result of the lava hitting the ocean water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Lava from the eighth fissure that opened early last month was fountaining up to 220 feet (67 meters) high. Lava pouring into the ocean there has completely filled in the bay, extending almost a mile (1.6 km) out from what had been the shoreline, USGS scientists said.

Most of the Kapoho area including the tide pools is now covered in fresh lava with few properties still intact as the Kilauea Volcano lower east rift zone eruption continues on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii.

Kim, who lost his own home to the devastating magma march that began in May, has been pushing for more funding to help thousands of displaced residents.

A report from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory said lava "continues unabated" from Fissure 8, near the most populated area, with lava shooting as high as 200 feet. While the delta margin nearest the ocean has cooled somewhat, the lava flow front is still very hot and producing laze (lava haze).

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.

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

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 more than 30 years of an earlier eruption cycle that began in 1983.

A small ohia tree was observed by a National Park Service employee during of a tour of a two-year-old inactive flow in Kalapana last week.

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

"So if you combine the three of them (Kapoho, Vacationland and Leilani), we're talking about 600 homes", he told reporters.