'No sign of slowing down': Lava damages 26 homes in Hawaii eruption

Saul Bowman
May 8, 2018

Those are vents where lava spews out from the volcano. The vents initially spewed lava but had calmed down by late Saturday and were only releasing steam and gas. According to the USGS, eruptions and earthquakes could continue for months.

They could eventually consolidate into one powerful vent, as has happened in some previous Hawaii eruptions, Stovall said.

The number of lava-venting fissures in the neighbourhood grew overnight from eight to as many as 10, Ms. Stovall said, though some have quieted at various points.

Most people in the area don't have policies with natural disaster coverage, insurance agent Marc Dixon told CNN affiliate KITV.

A lot of the people who have been evacuated have had to do so because of the threat of toxic gas, but also because there is a significant danger that more vents and cracks could open up.

Eruptions of lava fountains continued throughout the night.

"Until we see quake activity dying down and the ground stops moving, it's likely that this activity is going to continue", said Tina Neal, a scientist in charge at the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory after a late-afternoon community meeting attended by about 300 people. Kilauea has been in constant eruption for 35 years, though it predominantly erupts basaltic lava in effusive eruptions that mostly flow into the ocean and occasionally experiences explosive eruptions. Although no significant lava flows have yet formed, additional outbreaks of lava, which can reach temperatures of about 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,150 Celsius), were expected, the agency said.

Smoke can be seen billowing off the lava as it creeps down roads and through wooded areas toward homes.

County workers deliver cots and blankets to an evacuation center in Pahoa available to residents of the Puna communities of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens who were forced to leave their homes after the Kilauea Volcano erupted on Thursday in Hawaii on May 4, 2018.

Authorities warned that the air quality remained troublesome and that the roads were still under very unstable conditions, and residents could be required to leave the area if conditions became more hazardous.

Officials say some residents will be allowed to complete evacuation of pets, get medicine and grab vital documents. "My house is smack in the middle of the east rift zone and I always knew it would be a possibility so it's, I love my home and I love my land and I love living there, but I also understand that if Pele wants to reclaim it then she's going to reclaim it". The contents of the crater seeped into a network of underground channels and flowed downhill _ and on Thursday started gushing out of cracks that had opened in Leilani Estates.

Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983 and is one of five volcanoes that make up the Big Island.

After a 6.9 magnitude quake struck Friday, Big Island has endured an average of one natural disaster per hour. Although the natural disaster could be felt across much of the archipelago, the worst shaking occurred in an area with no neighborhoods or businesses.

According to real estate agents in the region, people who move to Hawaii come expecting paradise, and the frequent volcanic eruptions often take them by surprise.

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