Hawaii volcano destroys 31 homes, spews lava 200 feet into the air

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 14:18:50


 

PAHOA (US),

THE number of homes destroyed by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano jumped to 31 as scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet (61 meters) into the air.


Some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time.
Hawaii officials said the decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. Officials updated the number of lost homes after an aerial survey of the subdivision. “That number could change,” Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said. “This is heartbreaking.” Amber Makuakane, 37, a teacher and single mother of two, said her three-bedroom house in Leilani Estates was destroyed by lava.


The dwelling was across from a fissure that opened Friday, when “there was some steam rising from all parts of the yard, but everything looked fine,” Makuakane said.
On Saturday, she received alerts from her security system that motion sensors throughout the house had been triggered. She later confirmed that lava had covered her property.


“They don’t really understand,” she said about her children. “My son keeps asking me, ‘Mommy when are we going to go home?’” Makuakane grew up in the area and lived in her house for nine years. Her parents also live in Leilani Estates. “The volcano and the lava -- it’s always been a part of my life,” she said. “It’s devastating ... But I’ve come to terms with it.” Lava has spread around 387,500 square feet (36,000 square meters) surrounding the most active fissure, though the rate of movement is slow. There was no indication when the lave might stop or how far it might spread.


“There’s more magma in the system to be erupted. As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue,” US Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall said.