Lava flow from spewing fissure threatens escape route on Hawaii's Big Island

Lava flow from spewing fissure threatens escape route on Hawaii's Big Island

The grim update came as an explosion caused the volcano to spew toxic ash and rubble almost a mile into the air and triggered a 5.5-magnitude quake.

Lava also destroyed a freshwater lake, boiling away all of the water in it, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported late on Saturday.

Officials said all identified fissures continue to emit hazardous gases.

Helicopter footage from the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday shows lava from one fissure entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay. Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder says as of Monday, June 4, 2018, lava burned down 117 homes.

"It stings", he said. These volcanic particles can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash, so avoid exposure. "And you don't want to be breathing that". "It's like a flood - it's just pouring out, covering everything in its path". He said that number was sure to grow because there were many more damaged homes to count.

Hawaii Civil Defence Administrator Talmadge Magno has advised people to stand at least 1,000 feet back from the area.

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On Saturday, National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of the island, hours before lava cut off road access to the area, officials said. Some said they were staying because they had nowhere else to go, officials said. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception. They stopped to inquire of their situation, and then when asked, airlifted them to a safe place.

No serious injuries were immediately reported. He told reporters that there is still plenty of shelter space but that state officials are working with federal counterparts to work on a plan for housing people who've lost their homes to the lava.

All but a few of the estimated 500 inhabitants of Kapoho and adjacent Vacationland development are now believed to have fled their homes, an agency spokesman said.

Authorities on Hawaii's Big Island warn that a new eruption of molten rock from a 220-foot high fountain of lava is channeling its way within 100 yards of a key escape-route intersection on the most threatened part of the island.

"These remnant and sub-populations of wildlife may no longer persist, rapidly decline, or become further fragmented and/or contract in range", said Steve Bergfeld, the Branch Manager of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, in the release.

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