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Mandatory evacuations as Hawaii eruption continues

Mandatory evacuations as Hawaii eruption continues

A woman who watched her home burn up by lava is now staying in Fort Myers.

Lava from the Puu Oo eruption plowed through Kapaahu and first reached the ocean on November 28, 1986, after covering a portion of Highway 130. As of 7 a.m., lava was about 3 miles away from Four Corners and was advancing in pauses and surges at a rate of about 600 yards per hour, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

But the mandatory evacuation was "decided prior to that incident", said David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency assigned to the Hawaii County Civil Defense authority.

Explosions at the summit of Kilauea volcano and the fountaining of lava at fissures are blowing volcanic gases, pollution and ash around the island. The lava that is now coming to the surface is the hottest and most fluid to date.

Camera IconThis May 27 photo provided by the US Geological Survey, taken from a search aircraft, shows an outbreak of Pahoehoe lava that was very rapidly moving north into a portion of Leilani Estates.Picture: AP, US Geological Survey via APCamera IconFury on the doorstep. "It can't get hotter than where we are", Ms Stovall added. 'We are pretty much tapping mantle temperatures right now'.

The company said it is is evaluating options to serve Vacationland Hawaii and Kapoho Beach Lots areas after eruption activities cease.

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"You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near Four Corners", the warning message said.

There were several small earthquakes at Kilauea's summit on Wednesday, where the vent inside the volcano's Halemaumau Crater has grown along with a series of explosive eruptions that have sent rock and ash thousands of feet into the sky.

Traffic is stalled along Highway 132 as Leilani Estates residents wait to return to their homes to gather vital belongings and animals this month. Lava flows are (thankfully) not the most risky volcanic hazard because even at that speed, people can get out of the way if they have some warning (because you definitely don't want to fall into lava).

The 32-year-old victim told police that while he and his group were examining the property, a man approached them in a pickup truck and assaulted him before pointing a gun at the entire group and demanding they all leave.

The Kilauea volcano's massive eruptions of lava have also left many cut off and trapped as it threatens to block escape routes.

In addition to volcanic particles that can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation, residents were warned to be on the lookout for sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers known as "Pele's hair", a reference to the Hawaiian goddess of fire.


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