HAWAII NEIGHBOURHOOD VANISHES AS VOLCANIC LAVA GUSHES THROUGH
Rescue workers gather in the disaster zone covered in volcanic ash near the Volcano of Fire, in the El Rodeo hamlet of Escuintla, Guatemala. HONOLULU—A neighbourhood called Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island had disappeared by Wednesday as lava poured into two oceanfront subdivisions, smothering hundreds of homes and filling an ocean bay, turning it into new land that now juts into the sea.
Molten rock entirely covered Vacationland and only a few buildings remained in the nearby Kapoho subdivision, officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Molten rock from the erupting Kilauea volcano already has destroyed at least 117 homes in the Lanipuna Gardens and Leilani Estates neighbourhoods where lava surfaced more than a month ago. The total number of homes destroyed in the eruption stands at about 400.
Scientists are still recording Most of the Kapoho area including the tide pools is now covered in fresh lava with few properties still intact.
vigorous volcanic activity. Only one crack in the ground is spewing molten rock and the height of fountaining lava has decreased in recent days.
But despite this, “it’s still really impossible to tell,” when it will end, said Geological Survey geologist Wendy Stovall. Stay updated at thestar.com/world