Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Watch the explosion that occurs when lava pours into the ocean

Watch the explosion that occurs when lava pours into the ocean

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would carry out an assessment of the number of houses Kilauea destroyed over the coming days, adding the affected buildings could be as many as 700.

The current lava eruption began May 3 in the Leilani Estates neighborhood, about 35 miles away from the island's largest city of Hilo. Kim said Monday, at a news conference.

"There is no magic wand for this event", said Robert Fenton, a FEMA administrator.

"In the interim, they should be seeking insurance if they have insurance".

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The news comes as vigorous eruptions in lower Puna become a freakish new normal. The fissure's plumes of lava are feeding a fast-moving channel that is flooding into the sea at Kapoho Bay-an area that was recently an oceanside resort. Gas emissions from the vent have doubled.

U.S. Geological Survey and Hawaii County Civil Defense reports said lava overflowed the channel for several hours near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road, though nearly none of the overspill extended beyond hardened lava previously laid down since the eruption in Puna's lower East Rift Zone began May 3 in the middle of the residential subdivision. Residents can attend a community meeting Thursday to learn more about volcanic ash and vog, the Civil Defense Agency reported. "Some aspects of it can kind of start to scale down as the volcano somewhat runs into a stable situation". The other half live in a part of the subdivision that remains under a mandatory evacuation order.

Thousands of residents have fled their homes and at least 600 homes have been destroyed.

Already, the county has shelled out at least $3 million for disaster response, officials said. The preliminary magnitude of the second event was 5.4.

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A small explosion occurred at the summit of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, officials said Sunday morning.

They say the explosion was not unusual.

This story will be updated.

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