Big Is­land get­ting big­ger

Weekend Herald - - World -

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

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