Survivors of past Hawaii lava recall despair and opportunity

Frederick Owens
June 18, 2018

Journalists and National Guard soldiers watch as lava erupts in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 9, 2018.

Hawaii's Kilauea's volcano has produced extremely hot and relatively slow moving lava flows, which have engulfed hundreds of structures but allowed people to evacuate. A 5.3-magnitude quake, centered in the summit region of the volcano, hit the island on Friday.

Residents of Hawaii's Big Island are being warned to stay indoors and keep windows closed after another eruption early Sunday of the Kilauea volcano generated a massive ash plume. The most active fissure now, called "Fissure 8", continued to pour into the ocean at Kapoho Bay, producing a hydrochloric acid mist called "laze", formed when lava enters seawater. This activity means volcanic gas emissions remain very high.

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- President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster aid for residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged because of the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii.

The month-long eruption now covers more than 5,900-acres, a little more than nine square miles. Experts expect heavier vog, or volcanic smog, to blanket the interior and southern parts of the Big Island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

As of Wednesday, when Ige signed the request for assistance, the state said it was completely reliant on "the county government, state agencies, and a large network of nonprofit organizations."Ige's request asked for help from all of the federal government's individual assistance programs for counseling, shelter, unemployment and legal matters".

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