Hawaii volcano creates more lava-shooting ground fissures, destroys five homes

Kilauea volcano

Kilauea volcano

The surge in activity of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, United States, has destroyed 21 homes. The shelters opened soon after the Thursday evening lava outbreaks at Leilani Estates and saw a surge of more evacuees after Friday afternoon's magnitude-6.9 quake and its hundreds of smaller aftershocks.

Ikaika Marzo, who lives in the Big Island, said the jolts and tremors have been consistent. "There's a lot of glow, a lot of fires".

So far, at least 26 homes have been destroyed, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno. "It doesn't look like it is slowing down", he said.

Residents have been evacuated from two remote, rural neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Hawaii Island where the lava is emerging from the fissures.

Gabbard said more than 1,800 residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens have been ordered to leave their homes since Thursday, when public works officials first reported steam and lava erupting from fissures in a road.

"There is no telling when or if we'll ever be able to go back in".

"We have no idea if our home is still standing", she said.

A fissure on Leilani and Kaupili Streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision caused by an eruption of the Kilauea Volcano is shown following a series of earthquakes, in Hawaii, U.S. on May 4, 2018.

Video footage showed a large volume of volcanic rocks spewed near a house while lava had nearly engulfed 2 vehicles. The footage from the unmanned aerial vehicle shows the lava oozing through the local forest.

"I'm somewhat fatalistic: if it happens, it happens", he said.

"We had to evacuate". "That methane gas can get trapped in pockets beneath lava flows or underground, and explode out violently, throwing rocks and debris in every direction", Stovall said.

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Hawaii Electric Light said the jolt knocked out power to about 14,400 customers, but electricity was restored about two hours later.

Volcanic eruptions release the gas, and exposure to high levels can be life-threatening, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Henry Calio says he noticed cracks in the driveway of his retirement dream home in the community of Leilani Estates.

"The closest resort areas, in Kona and the Kohala Coast on the island of Hawaii's west side, are more than 100 miles away from where the lava flow is occurring and shielded by the massive mountains of Maunakea and Maunaloa". "I couldn't believe it". "I didn't realize until this morning, I've got one pair of shoes".

Almost 2000 people had been evacuated as lava destroyed houses and sulphur dioxide gas levels rose to risky levels.

According to a Civil Defense briefing early Tuesday, a magma dike, or pathway of rising magma, is making its way down to the lower Puna area past Highway 130.

Senior citizens, the young and people with respiratory issues are especially vulnerable to the gas, the state's Emergency Management Agency said.

Military reservists from the National Guard have been sent in to help residents evacuate the area by Hawaii's Gov. David Ige.

Neil Valentine and his family also left their home Thursday night in Leilani Estates. "Please be alert and prepare now to keep your family safe", he tweeted.

The collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16km ) downslope towards the populated south-east coastline of the island.

One of the biggest attractions, Volcanoes National Park, is closed because of quake damage.

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