Hawaii volcano Kilauea cuts slow-moving path of destruction

Hawaiians on volcano eruption watch as hundreds of earthquakes hit island in less than 72 hours.                       US Geological Survey

Hawaiians on volcano eruption watch as hundreds of earthquakes hit island in less than 72 hours. US Geological Survey

Amber Makuakane, a mother of two who lived in Leilani Estates, saw her home burned down by lava. Another four unspecified structures were covered by lava, officials said in revised figures issued Sunday. In 2014, lava burned a house and smothered a cemetery as it approached Pahoa, the town closest to Leilani Estates.

She said: "There was some steam rising from all parts of the yard, but everything looked fine". Some damages may be covered under certain policies as a fire peril if a home is damaged as a result of the heat from a lava flow causing fire. That's concerning. I was five years away from retirement, with a house paid for. Her parents live in the same subdivision. "It's devastating. but I've come to terms with it".

The lava has so far spread across 387,500 square feet.

"There's more magma in the system to be erupted".

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983, according to the US Geological Survey.

Sonner was at work this week when she heard that lava had erupted in her neighborhood. Each one of the episodes that has occurred in this 35-year period has lasted months to years, so there's no definitive way to predict how the volcanic activity will last, Guy said.

"If we lose our farm, we don't know where we're going to go". But she was more excited about her home and being a first-time homeowner. "All you can do is pray and hope and try to get all the information you can".

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She said fissures in the neighborhood grew overnight from eight to as many as 10. Scientists expect the fissures to keep spewing.

Officials say they would be able to do so each day until further notice as authorities monitor which areas are safe.

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been erupting continuously since 1983. The contents of the crater seeped into a network of underground channels and flowed downhill _ and on Thursday started gushing out of cracks that had opened in Leilani Estates.

Eruptions of lava and gas were expected to continue, along with aftershocks from Friday's magnitude 6.9 quake, the largest in the area since 1975, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. This marks the largest natural disaster in Hawaii in more 40 years.

Tesha "Mirah" Montoya, 45, said the threat of toxic fumes wasn't enough to make her family evacuate, but the tipping point was the earthquakes. "And I'm enjoying life here, so you know, you put up with a lot of things here".

Steve Gebbie is one of them.

Noah and Laura Dawn own a retreat center about 3 miles downhill from the most active vents They were clearing out items Sunday and relocating up the coast indefinitely. "I knew that when I moved here".

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