Honolulu, A tour boat accident has drawn

renewed attention to Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, but for Big Island

residents the erupting lava has been an ever-present force for more

than two months.

Molten rock is blasting from one last eruption site, a large cinder

cone in a hard-hit neighborhood where new volcanic cracks first

opened May 3. It’s sending huge volumes of lava snaking to the ocean

miles away.

An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed, more than 500 of

those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced.

One man was injured in the weeks after the eruption began, and

another 23 people were hurt when lava entering the ocean exploded

onto a tour boat.

The lava has covered more than 11 square miles (28 square

kilometers) of land, vaporized the state’s largest freshwater lake and

filled an entire ocean bay, turning it into a mile (1.6 kilometers) of burnt,

rocky ground. Steam and gas could be seen pouring from a new, very

small island that formed near the flows.

The collapse of the Kilauea summit crater also continues, with

large explosions and strong earthquakes occurring almost daily, the

Associated Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency