Lava Flow Cuts Off Access To More Big Island Neighborhoods

05 June, 2018, 22:05 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Hawaii volcano update

The devastating flow that cut through Kapoho can all be sourced back to fissure no. 8, which has been creating fountains of lava for 11 days straight. Snyder says that's up from Friday's count of 87.

Civil Defense spokesperson Janet Snyder said at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday that all but the northernmost tip of Kapoho Beach Lots have been inundated with lava, while only the coast of Vacationland remains after the lava flow from fissure 8 rapidly advanced overnight.

Officers have issued 18 total citations in the last week to people for bypassing checkpoints and entering unsafe areas, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) said in a statement.

Thousands in the Puna district had to evacuate after lava fissures started opening in neighborhoods a month ago.

The report of mounting damage followed a mandatory evacuation order issued Thursday night for a portion of the Leilani Estates subdivision in the midst of "vigorous lava eruptions" threatening homes, the Civil Defense said. It's the second time lava has hit the coean since the crisis began.

Mounting property losses were reported a day after five or six people who initially chose to stay in the newly evacuated Kapoho area after road access was cut off were rescued by helicopter, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.


The U.S. Geological Survey said Sunday's tremor occurred at a depth of 1.1 miles. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

Scientists said a laze plume was blowing inland from the ocean entry but dissipating quickly. Laze contains high amounts of hydrochloric acid, which can burn the skin of people exposed to it, as well as tiny fragments of volcanic glass.

There have been 500 quakes in the summit area of Kilauea in the last 24 hours, the highest rate ever measured at the summit area, according to Brian Shiro, supervisory geophysicist at the USCG Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Almost a dozen people were left stranded in an area cut off by lava on Sunday. One finger died out Monday, Kauahikaua said, while another looped around the Kapoho Cinder Cone, encircling it in lava. Police said a 55-year-old man was arrested last week after he circumvented a traffic checkpoint and crashed his vehicle into a hardened lava flow.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed since May 11 because of earthquakes and continuous explosions from the volcano's summit crater. "This is something most of us will never see in our lifetime", he said. It's not known when the heavily visited Kilauea section of the park will reopen.

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