Thursday, 19 July, 2018


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

HOLLYN JOHNSON  Tribune-Herald Lava continues to fountain from fissure No. 8 Wednesday in Leilani Estates HOLLYN JOHNSON Tribune-Herald Lava continues to fountain from fissure No. 8 Wednesday in Leilani Estates
Bennie Garza | 09 June, 2018, 11:25

By June 6, lava had completely filled Kapoho Bay and built a delta that now extends over a mile from shore.

The eruptions began early last month and is believed to be the volcano's most destructive episode in modern history.

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.

The fast-moving lava poured into low-lying coastal Hawaii neighbourhoods in the space of just two days this week, destroying hundreds of homes.

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

"Lava continues to enter the ocean along a broad front in Kapoho Bay and the Vacationland area and it continues to creep north of what remains of Kapoho Beach Lots", said USGS geologist Janet Babb.

"Our responsibility is to try to work with the community to rebuild out of harm's way", Kim said.

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

The lava also vaporised Hawaii's largest freshwater lake.

One of the areas they have been used extensively is in capturing video of the lava flow in the lower East Rift Zone coming from the fissures in Leilani Estates.

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 health hazard to nearby communities.

In addition to property damage, the eruption has severed highways, knocked out power and telephone services and shut down a geothermal plant that usually provides about a quarter of the island's power.

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