Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Who Owns Hawaii's New Kapoho Peninsula Created by Kilauea's Lava?

Who Owns Hawaii's New Kapoho Peninsula Created by Kilauea's Lava?

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say they don't know when the volcanic activity will stop.

An explosion at the volcano's summit yesterday afternoon caused a thick ash plume to reach 10,000 feet above sea level.

Also present at the press conference, Hawaii Governor David Ige said state will allocate 12 million US dollars to help respond to the eruption, covering expenses ranging from overtime work to food and equipment.

A Hawaii volcano continues to erupt from a vent in a Big Island community, sending a stream of lava toward the ocean.

"How soon vegetation comes back on a lava flow really depends on the type of lava it is, and how much rainfall there is in the area", said Babb.

As the fiery eruption of Kilauea continues to force evacuations on the Big Island of Hawaii, authorities are warning about other phenomena that could harm those in the area.

A small ohia tree was observed by a National Park Service employee during of a tour of a two-year-old inactive flow in Kalapana last week.


But the land is still highly unpredictable, and once the lava cools and hardens it will leave behind a jagged, scorched landscape with razor-sharp shards of volcanic rock.

"Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water", the HVO warns.

The latest estimate of property losses from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, far surpasses the 215 structures consumed by lava during more than 30 years of an earlier eruption cycle that began in 1983.

It has been spewing molten lava, toxic gases, and spreading fissures since May 3.

There are no homes left in the Vacationland subdivision and neighboring Kapoho has only a few homes left standing.

Hawaii county Mayor Harry Kim on Thursday said the homes were destroyed in three days at Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots in Pahoa, including the Mayor's own house in Vacationland, Xinhua news agency reported.

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