Hawaii volcano eruption LATEST: Lava flow EVAPORATES entire LAKE as destruction mounts

Monday, June 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

AN ENTIRE lake has evaporated and several communities have been destroyed after fast-flowing lava engulfed large swathes of the eastern coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, threatening remaining residents and cutting off escape routes.

Tue, Jun 5, 2018

Lava erupting from fissure 8 flowed into Green Lake, Hawaii’s largest freshwater lake, and evaporated all the water, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

The United States Geological Survey has since reported the lava is now encroaching on the Kapoho Tidepools on the eastern coast, and all the homes between Kapoho and Green Lake have been destroyed.

AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Andrews commented on the danger, stating: “The lava flow destroyed Four Corners, the intersection of Routes 132 and 137, so that means anyone who did not evacuate in the area from Vacationland and Kapoho to Pohoiki is cut off now.

“Only by air or water can anyone escape the area.”

The lava flow from fissure 8 is around half a mile wide as it approaches Kapoho, and has already cut off all road escape routes from the region.

Nearly a dozen people were stranded in the area, with three being airlifted to safety on Sunday.

The USGS commented on the rescue: “We were on a routine overflight and saw people on the road in an area cut off by the lava.

“They stopped to inquire of their situation, and then when asked, airlifted them to a safe place.

“They had become trapped after trying to move belongings, and had no cell service.”

Talmadge Magno, Hawaii Civil Defence administrator, commented on the number of individuals stranded in the Kapoho/Vacationland region, stating: “Got reports of seeing people here and there.

“Yesterday I gave an estimate of about a dozen, probably still at that minus these three.”

Lava flows are also starting to reach the ocean south of Pohoiki and close to Kapoho, presenting further health threats to remaining local residents.

The Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency commented on the danger, saying: “Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.

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