The number of homes destroyed in Hawaii's Kilauea eruption has jumped to 117 from 87, according to Monday figures released by the Hawaii County Civil Defense. An estimated 20-40 homes were destroyed in Kapoho, while around a dozen people were trapped on the eastern tip of the island after fast-moving lava cut off all access to the rural community, according to spokeswoman Janet Snyder.
Kapoho was destroyed in 1960 by a similar Kilauea eruption.
The trapped residents ignored several days of warnings from authorities, but many have refused to abandon their homes. So far, 18 people have been arrested for trying to sneak past off-limits areas to catch a look at the oozing lava (or loot homes).
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reported that Fissure 8 is continuing to feed “a large channelized flow” along Highway 132. Fissure 8 continues to be the most active, with fountains of lava shooting as high as 220 feet.
Officials said Monday that volcanic gas emissions near Kilauea’s summit still remain high.
Janet Babb, geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey told Fox News: “I don’t think any of us are thinking this is winding down.” -Fox News
Sunday marks the one-month anniversary of Kilauea's recent eruption, as ash shot 8,000 feet in the air. USGS geophysicist Brian Shiro said that 500 earthquakes had struck near the summit over a 24-hour period.
Aerial footage shows lava spewing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Three people were airlifted to safety as lava threatened an area where they had become trapped, the latest in a series of evacuations from Hawaii’s big island. https://t.co/OL0HAbmOib pic.twitter.com/U2BD1eKuef— ABC News (@ABC) June 5, 2018
Thermal images of #Kilauea's #Fissure8 #lavafountain from May 30 to June 3.— USGS Volcanoes
1) Fountains from 150 - 250 ft high
2) A growing pu'u (#cindercone)
3) More cinders wafting downwind
Highest temps ~2040 degrees F pic.twitter.com/8uMtvaix3J