Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Hawaii volcano eruption: Satellite images show DEVASTATING impact of Mount Kilauea

Hawaii volcano eruption: Satellite images show DEVASTATING impact of Mount Kilauea

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano have created roughly a mile of new land.

Satellite images over the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island taken before and after the latest eruption show just how much the environment has changed as a result of the lava.

Many homeowners are unable to access their homes as the lava damaged the properties.

Almost 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island have been destroyed so far by the eruption at Mount Kilauea, authorities said.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige says the state was giving the county $12 million to help it respond to the eruption.

"A lot of the ocean entries are extraordinarily unstable", Ferracane said. It also includes all homes in Vacationland.

More recently, a huge river of lava that has crept several miles across the landscape to the eastern tip of the island engulfed two entire seaside housing subdivisions, burying hundreds more homes there, while vaporising a small freshwater lake. That's on top of the losses at Leilani Estates, one of the first areas to feel the destructive power of Kilauea.

An estimated 2,500 people have been displaced by evacuations across the island and geologists have said they have no idea how much longer the eruption will continue.

The smoke is a result of the lava hitting the ocean water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Meanwhile, a 5.6-magnitude natural disaster recently struck the summit of the volcano, sending more ash and rock thousands of feet into the sky.

Plumes of volcanic ash belched into the air by periodic daily explosions from the crater at Kilauea's summit have posed an additional nuisance and a health concern to nearby communities.

It has also forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant that normally provides about a quarter of the island's electricity.

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