Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

About a dozen people trapped by Kilauea's lava, officials estimate

About a dozen people trapped by Kilauea's lava, officials estimate

A stream of lava as wide as three football fields flowed over a highway near a key junction on the outskirts of Kapoho, a seaside community of private homes and vacation rentals rebuilt after a destructive eruption of Kilauea in 1960.

On Monday, civil defense reported a total of 117 homes and other structures destroyed across the island's larger lava-stricken region, as the eruption from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, continued through its 33rd day.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home. Kahele said the devastation in the area was unprecedented.

This image from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows shows the lava flow originating from Fissure 8 (not visible in photograph) entering Kapoho Bay on Monday.

Hawaii Civil Defense Service officials said they went through the neighbourhood to warn residents this was their last chance to evacuate before their final escape route was cut off by lava. The flight crew went to a safe location and dropped off the USGS team, then went back and airlifted the people to safety, Janet Babb said, a USGS geologist.

But there's also danger in what's known as a laze - a deadly combination of steam, hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles (dubbed Pele's hair) - created when the lava hits the water.

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"Right now, we don't have anything". She tried to pick up a strand but, "It just kind of melted into my skin and cut me". "I wish I could just find out if I have a house".

Over the weekend, the US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported more than 500 earthquakes in a 24-hour period - the most ever measured by HVO scientists.

There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas.

The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree. The molten rock has formed a new delta in the ocean after extending at least seven-tenths of a mile out, officials said.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to persistent earthquakes and eruptions of corrosive volcanic ash.

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