Lava flow from Hawaii volcano engulfs neighborhood, creates new land

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano engulfs neighborhood, creates new land

"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.

Meanwhile, lava from Fissure 8 continued to creep, after inundating Kapoho Bay and decimating what could be hundreds of houses in the nearby communities of Kapoho and Vacationland.

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

"It completely covered the Vacationland subdivision as far as we know", Dr. Jim Kauahikaua with USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory told reporters on Wednesday. With the destruction of Vacationland, the total number of homes destroyed from the volcano hovers around 400.

"It hurts like hell", Kim said at a briefing with emergency responders at the Hawaii County Civil Defense building, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. The only activity observed was some incandescence from fissure 24 and heavy fuming from fissures 24, 9 and 10 - all located just west of fissure 8. Also no other fissures apart from fissure 8 were actively erupting lava in the past few days.

The HVO says the point at which the lava enters the ocean is particularly hazardous.

Lava destroys 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island - mayor

Any new land masses that are formed by lava within the national park become federal land and any ocean entries outside the park becomes state land.

Laze is a mixture of condensed acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas, and tiny shards of volcanic glass, and can be irritating to the lungs, eyes and skin.

Lava erupts in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018. The crater floor of Pu'u O'o collapsed and the crater now has a funnel shape geometry with a deep cylindrical shaft, filled with rubble, that is about 350 meters (1150 feet) deep.

Kim said it also marks Kilauea's most destructive episode in modern history.

The destruction of Vacationland was triggered by a 5.6 magnitude quake that hit the summit of the Kilauea volcano.


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