After erupting on Thursday, Kilauea volcano is still causing destruction and disruption on Hawaii’s Big Island.
According to NPR, so far 26 homes have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates subdivision. Over 1,700 residents from that neighborhood and Lanipuna Gardens have been evacuated as small earthquakes continue and lava keeps spilling.
After this weekend there are now 10 volcanic vents that have opened in the earth in the area. While lava flows out of many of them, the U.S. Geological Survey says one of the new fissures has already stopped shooting lava. One particular fissure shot lava some 230 feet into the air in a section of the rural Puna district in the early morning hours of Sunday.
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Scientists have cautioned that new vents could open up, although they are unable to predict where or when. They have also warned that toxic gas is a serious concern near the vents.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warns that sulfur dioxide gas released from the fissures could be life-threatening in large quantities,” NPR noted.
There’s no telling how long the volcanic activity could continue, and caution is being exercised. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency also issued an emergency water restriction order for the Leilani Estates subdivision.
All of this points to how hazy the future is for residents of the affected areas, with some currently living in shelters.
“All you can do is pray and hope and try to get all the information you can," said resident Cherie McArthur, who owns a macadamia nut farm in Lanipuna Gardens.
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