Hawaii volcano eruption destroys 26 houses

Lava from a fissure slowly advances to the northeast on Hookapu Street after the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Lava from a fissure slowly advances to the northeast on Hookapu Street after the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

The surge in activity of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, United States, has destroyed 21 homes. In 2014, lava torched a house and blanketed a cemetery near Leilani Estates, and nearly 30 years ago, the entire town of Kalapana was slowly buried in lava over a year. Moreover, as the lava burns forested area, organic matter releases methane, which can get trapped in small pockets beneath lava flows and can explode later, according to U.S. Geological Survey volcano scientist Wendy Stovall. Lava fountains emerging from the cracks in the ground are producing even more gas than previously observed. "That means 24 different locations where lava is spewing out", Binkley said. However he realized it was too quickly to make sure when, or if, it might be secure from the transferring lava.

In revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County officers mentioned one other 4 unspecified constructions had been lined by lava. On Saturday night, a new crack erupted between fissures No. 2 and No. 7, spewing lava fountains as high as 230 feet. Hot vapour emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt.

USGS video showed lava pouring out of the vents and flowing through swaths of dense trees, across roads and near homes.

On Sunday, some Leilani Estates residents were allowed to return to their homes to gather additional supplies, belongings and any pets that may have been left behind, according to CNN affiliate KGMB/KHNL.

Residents were anxious it would cover the town's main road and cut off the community from the rest of the island, but the molten rock stalled.

Hawaii residents faced the threats of more earthquakes, lava and high levels of gas Saturday after the Kilauea Volcano erupted, spewing sulfuric acid and molten rocks into neighborhoods. Leilani Estates sits alongside the zone.

"Due to the panic and the unknown nature of what was happening.and just the little bit of knowledge I had of the gases that are released when the volcano vents, I made a decision to leave", Sonner explained.

Most of the earthquakes are caused by magma moving within the volcanoes.

"The area continues to be unstable with volcanic venting and related hazards of natural disaster and poisonous gases ongoing", the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said Saturday night. Although the quake could be felt across much of the archipelago, the worst shaking occurred in an area with no neighborhoods or businesses. The USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a notice in mid-April that there were signs of pressure building in underground magma, and a new vent could form on the cone or along what's known as the East Rift Zone. Photo: GettyThe governor of Hawaii has declared a local state of emergency near the Mount Kilauea volcano.

KHON reported that some viewers on the island of Oahu, about 200 miles away, felt the shaking.

As of early this afternoon, the toll of Kilauea volcano's wrath is nine destroyed houses in the rural subdivision, where at least nine active vents have been confirmed.

Airport officials monitored the runways in Hilo for natural disaster damage, and jetliners coming from the mainland carried extra fuel, so they could divert to Honolulu if the volcano becomes more active. The largest quake so far was a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster caused by the movement of magma underneath the volcano.

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