Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Residents stranded in area of Hawaii cut off by lava

Residents stranded in area of Hawaii cut off by lava

A magnitude 5.5 quake shook the Kilauea summit, resulting in an ash plume that reached up to 8,000 feet, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The lava flow left Kapoho and the adjacent development of Vacationland cut off from the rest of the island by road, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.

Fumes and lava flow from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island towards the ocean in an image taken from a helicopter on June 3, 2018.Lava flow originating from Fissure 8 pours into Kapoho Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, June 4, 2018.

A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday.

Sen. Kai Kahele, also a major in the Hawaii Air National Guard, said he was anxious for the people who rejected evacuation orders and stayed behind in the Kapoho, Vacationland and Leilani Estates communities.

Mehana Kihoi hands out goods to Leilani Estate evacuees at the community organized Pu'uhonua o Puna, a center to help those affected by the recent lava eruption, in Pahoa, Hawaii, May 29, 2018.

While local first responders searched for people trapped in their homes in isolated areas, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported that fewer than a dozen refused evacuation in an area electrical power, water and telephone service are inoperable.

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For those whose homes have been unscathed, the prolonged strain of uncertainty has grown increasingly hard. His home was still intact but in harm's way.

"As the lava expands, so has the anxiety", she said, the low, jetlike sound of lava spouting from the ground audible in the distance.

The monthlong eruption has claimed as much as a half of a forest reserve that's home to native birds and trees that have already been declining because of disease, state officials said. The area lies near the site of a seaside village buried in lava from a 1960 eruption. Vog is a haze created when sulfur dioxide gas and other volcanic pollutants mix with moisture and dust.

So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcano goddess of Hawaiian myth.

Lava burned two buildings at the plant, a substation and a warehouse that stored a drilling rig on the property, officials said.

About a dozen people remain in the area, but it is not clear whether they are in neighbourhoods that are immediately threatened by lava, officials said.

"It's possible that new explosions will blast through the rubble at the bottom of the vent".

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