Lava has destroyed 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island, mayor says

Hawaii Big Island Kilauea Summit explosion sends large plume of toxic gas into the air

Hawaii Big Island Kilauea Summit explosion sends large plume of toxic gas into the air

It's been almost two weeks since the most recent fissure formed. The tropical countryside with lush greenery and pristine neighborhoods have all been engulfed with clouds of volcanic ashes, hurdles of lava and molten rocks ever since the latest eruptions on May 3rd.

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, June 5, 2018.

The latest damage appraisal from Kilauea came moments after Governor David Ige, on a visit to Hawaii County Civil Defense headquarters in Hilo, the island's biggest city, signed a memorandum of understanding furnishing $12 million in immediate state disaster relief to the island.

"A lot of the ocean entries are extraordinarily unstable", Ferracane said.

Also present at the press conference, Hawaii Governor David Ige said state will allocate 12 million USA dollars to help respond to the eruption, covering expenses ranging from overtime work to food and equipment.

County officials say there are 279 homes between the two coastal communities, and most are feared to be destroyed. The lake was hundreds of feet deep in some places. That's on top of the losses at Leilani Estates, one of the first areas to feel the destructive power of Kilauea.

The river of lava then spread out into a towering blob about a half-mile (800 meters) wide as it crept through the flat, open landscape of the subdivisions, swallowing everything in its path over the following few days.

Scientists working with the US Geological Survey said that lava flow in Hawaii is still active and there's no way out find out when the eruption will end.

The eruption displacing thousands of residents across the island. There was no lava activity from the other fissures but fissures 24, 9, and 10 were billowing gases, scientists said.

It has forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant that normally provides about a quarter of the island's electricity.

Plumes of volcanic ash belched into the air by periodic daily explosions from the crater at Kilauea's summit have posed an additional nuisance and health hazard to nearby communities.

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