Hawaii volcano destroys over two dozen homes, more threatened

May 8, 2018 Off By Web Desk

More than two dozen homes have been destroyed and dozens more are threatened by red-hot lava seeping from the Kilauea volcano, the most active in Hawaii, civil defense officials said.

Evacuation orders remained in place Monday for hundreds of residents of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens areas in the eastern part of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency, in its latest update, said 26 homes have been destroyed by lava oozing up from fissures in the ground.

Aerial footage showed orange streams of lava snaking through the Leilani Estates neighborhood, covering streets and igniting small fires.

Residents of Leilani Estates were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm to check on their properties and remove belongings.

But residents were warned to be ready to flee at a moment’s notice.

“Because of unstable conditions that involve toxic gas, earthquakes and lava activities, lines of safety can change at any time,” the Civil Defense Agency said.

“The high levels of sulfur dioxide are a threat to all who become exposed,” it said.

Source: Radio Pakistan