Volcanic lava buries two housing tracts on Hawaii’s Big Island

PAHOA, Hawaii (News Service) – A barely moving wall of lava from the Kilauea Volcano has swallowed up the complete seaside housing section at the eastern corner of Hawaii’s Big Island, reported the government scientists on Wednesday.

The wrecking Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland subdivisions brought down by a river of molten rocks about 4.6 meters tall drives to around 400 the number of residential blocks and other structures taken over by lava previous month.

“Vacationland is gone, there’s no evidence of any properties there at all,”- said Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), on a conference call. At the adjoining to the Kapoho Beach towards the north “Just a few Homes”.

As per the country property tax records, a total of 279 homes existed in the two subdivisions mingled in two subdivisions as per David Mace, a Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman who downlinked to the Hawaii County Civil Defense authority.

‘Emotional Roller Coaster’

The authorities packed up for the Kapoho area last week accompanied by a majority of the residents who were directed to safe destinations in the early hours of Sunday.

“I just locked my doors and walked away,” said Betty Oberman, a 28-year Vacationland resident who headed the neighborhood watch group there. “It’s an emotional roller coaster.”

The volcano vents have been driven down in fiercely over the past seven days, with just a single crevice, still continued to spritz a huge amount of molten rock from the earth said the USGS on Wednesday.

A Majority of the lava had covered 8 squares per miles of the scenario as on Monday. While around 9,000 earthquakes had been recorded on the scale which was around five times the historic average of the place- said the USGS.

The lava destroyed around 130 homes that fall under the Leilani Estates community with the fissures that threw out lava opened up on May 3.

by Sawan Kumar on June 7, 2018

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