31 homes destroyed by lava from vents created by Kilauea

The Guardian
May 7, 2018

Thirty-one homes have been destroyed by lava shooting out of openings in the ground created by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, as some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepare for the possibility they may not return for quite some time.

“I have no idea how soon we can get back,” said Todd Corrigan, who left his home in Leilani Estates with his wife on Friday as lava burst through the ground three or four blocks away. They spent the night on the beach in their car and began looking for a vacation rental.

Hawaii County civil defense officials said on Sunday two new fissures opened overnight, bringing the total to nine in the neighborhood since Thursday. Officials updated the number to 31 after an aerial survey of the subdivision.

Scientists said Kilauea was likely to release more lava through additional vents, but they were unable to predict where. Leilani Estates, a subdivision in the mostly rural district of Puna, is at greatest risk. Authorities ordered more than 1,700 residents to evacuate from there and nearby Lanipuna Gardens.

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This article was posted: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:12 am

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