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
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