Kilauea volcano destroys 467 Hawaiian homes

Kilauea volcano destroys 467 Hawaiian homes

Lava has also destroyed 467 homes, the agency said.

A 5.3-magnitude quake centered in the summit region of Kilauea hit the island of Hawaii on Friday afternoon, the Civil Defense officials said.

The summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted early on Wednesday and fissures on its eastern slope sent fountains of lava up to 50 metres high, as the volcano showed no signs of calming down after six weeks of intensified activity.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone.

Fissures 16 and 18 also continued to ooze lava.


The lava has covered nine square miles since eruptions started in May, Hawaii News Now reported.

Just 90 minutes hot lava of the volcano Kilauea dried freshwater lake Greenlake on the Big Island.

The geographical footprint of Kilauea's current upheaval is much smaller, covering almost 6,000 acres, or just over 9 square miles (2,400 hectares) of the Big Island in lava, an area roughly seven times Central Park in Manhattan. Experts expect heavier vog, or volcanic smog, to blanket the interior and southern parts of the Big Island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Residents of Hawai'i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Ige says qualifying residents may receive help from the federal government for issues such as shelter, unemployment, trauma and legal matters.

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