Big Island getting bigger
Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created about 1.5km of new land and officials with the US Geological Survey said yesterday that the flow is still very active and there’s no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open.
The lava poured into coastal Big Island neighbourhoods in two days this week, destroying hundreds of homes.
“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.
Depending on climate, rainfall and other variables, new vegetation could start growing soon, but it would take much longer for the fertile land and lush rainforests to build back up.
Any new land masses formed by lava within the Hawaii Volcanos National Park become federal land, and any ocean entries outside the park become state land. AP