Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

More Homes Destroyed as Hawaiian Volcano Continues to Erupt

More Homes Destroyed as Hawaiian Volcano Continues to Erupt

They anxious their house would be spared by the lava but rendered inaccessible, leaving them stuck with the mortgage for an abandoned home and a fire insurance policy that was of no value, she told Reuters.

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

Many island residents have lost everything.

There were 500 quakes in the summit area of Kilauea in a 24-hour period over the weekend - the highest rate ever measured at the summit area, according to Brian Shiro, supervisory geophysicist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Fissure 8 is the origin of the lava flow that devastated the Kapoho area. Lava continues to pour into the ocean, enlarging the delta at the former Kapoho Bay site.

Lava in Vacationland early Tuesday claimed the second home of Harry Kim, the mayor of the Big Island, Snyder said.

No injuries were reported as most residents heeded the advice to leave.

When asked at a news conference Monday about the number of evacuations, he said he didn't have a good estimate because up to 80% of the houses in some areas are vacation rentals.

The United States Geological Survey provides aerial footage of lava pouring into the Big Island's Kapoho Bay.

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Kathy Emery, who evacuated from her 5-acre farm in Kapoho, told KMGB-TV she doesn't know if she has a home to go back to.

The river of lava then spread out into a towering blob about a half-mile (800 meters) wide as it crept through the flat, open landscape of the subdivisions, swallowing everything in its path over the following few days.

"Right now, we don't have anything".

That's a lot of lava, but flow volumes can be extraordinarily hard to measure, the USGS said.

"I've been crying a lot", she said.

Jessica Ferracane, a spokeswoman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, insisted earthquakes can not be predicted, adding to the stream of fears on the island.

At the same time, most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the island's biggest tourist attractions, remains closed indefinitely due to hazards from ash and volcanic rock ejected from the summit crater, and accompanying earthquakes that have damaged park facilities.

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