Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Lava nears Champagne Ponds in Kapoho Bay

Hawaii volcano update AFPHawaii volcano update Flows continue in the Leilani Estates area
Jay Anderson | 06 June, 2018, 01:39

"USGS was on a routine overflight and saw people on the road in an area cut off by the lava".

In the second video, taken about seven hours later (around 1:38 p.m.), lava had almost filled the shallow bay and was close to covering Champagne Ponds (right side of the screen, toward the end of the video) in the north part of Kapoho Bay.

Authorities on Hawaii's Big Island warn that a new eruption of molten rock from a 67 metre high fountain of lava is channelling its way within about 400 metres of a key escape-route intersection on the most threatened part of the island.

"The lava breakout on the north side of the Kapoho cinder pits continues to be stalled southeast of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Cinder Road", the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports.

Mehana Kihoi hands out goods to Leilani Estate evacuees at the community organized Pu'uhonua o Puna, a center to help those affected by the recent lava eruption, in Pahoa, Hawaii, May 29, 2018.

A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday.

The area contains a mix of vacation rental properties and year-round residences, The Associated Press reported.




Lava from a fissure near the volcano entered Kapoho Bay forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere as hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific Ocean.

Lava destroyed Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim's second home in Vacationland.

Most area residents have already evacuated.

Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that is filling in Kapoho Bay. The flight crew went to a safe location and dropped off the USGS team, then went back and airlifted the people to safety, Janet Babb said, a USGS geologist. Police on Monday said a man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching.

All beach parks in the area, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, are closed.

The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree.

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