'It's saddening': Massive river of lava wipes out hundreds of homes

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

"It's hard because obviously a lot of people have lost a lot more than just a handsome place to visit and memories".

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.

Snyder quoted Kim, who had a second home in Vacationland, as saying, "Hundreds of homes and a lifestyle is gone".

Footage recently emerged of lava flow from fissures crashing into the Pacific Ocean in Kapoho Bay.

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.

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.

This satellite image provided by Digital Globe captured on Saturday, shows advancing lava flows on Hawaii as they approach Kapoho Bay and the Vacationland residential neighbourhood.

Injured In Shooting At Indiana Middle School, Student Suspect In Custody
According to WISH-TV, the son of one of the television station's producers told the station that "a male shooter is in custody". Adding to the confusion was a threat reported at the high school as middle school students were being evacuated.

Carolyn Boudreault, a Kapoho resident who is now staying in Boston with her family, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the bay was a treasured place.

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

"What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean", the civil defense spokesman said.

The devastating flow that cut through Kapoho can all be sourced back to fissure no. 8, which has been creating fountains of lava for 12 days straight.

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

It said that a series of earthquakes had rattled the island for most of Monday night and into Tuesday morning, including one with a magnitude 5.5 that generated an ash plume.

"Unlike lava, which you can see coming and avoid, we cannot see or predict earthquakes, nor can we foresee a summit explosion, but both threats continue", park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.