"This Is As Bad As It Gets" - Magma Flowing From Hawaii's Kilauea Forces Thousands To Flee

After first erupting on Thursday, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has continued to send molten magma up through the eight fissures that have now opened up in the ground in a part of Hawaii that is home to several ritzy neighborhoods, including the tony Leilani Estates, where residents have been forced to flee as the eruptions, as well as several powerful earthquakes, have destroyed power lines and disrupted and left parts of the surrounding area without water.

One area resident summed up the neighborhood's plight in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

"This is as bad as it gets," said John Bennett, 61, a resident of the Leilani Estates neighborhood forced to evacuate. "We can't go back in yet. I feel lost. I don't know what to think. I've never been in this situation before."

The estimated 1,800 people who live in the affected area have sought temporary respite in government shelters. Others have moved in friends on other islands. 

At least nine house have been destroyed in Leilani Estates a the fissures have continued to spew lava through the lower Puna subdivision, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Some have said they don't know whether the pets that they left behind will survive the natural disaster, according to the Washington Post.

Bennett, the man quoted above, said the eruption took him by surprise. He first learned what was happening when he came home Thursday and noticed that a fissure had opened up in his front yard.


Bennett's wife Roberta, an assistant librarian at Kamehameha Schools on the island of Hawaii, was away on Oahu when the magma started flowing, but she quickly flew back with their son Keoni, 29. The family stayed in the house until Friday, when they were forced to leave because of the magma flows.

"Thursday night we saw the glow of lava about a half-mile away from our house," Bennett said. "The next day we packed and left with our three dogs.The reason we left was the air quality was so bad, with a strong sulfuric smell coming out of the ground."

Bennett, who works as a company that transports gas, diesel and jet fuel around the island, told the LA Times they have been staying with friends in Hilo on the Big Island.

"We're strong. I've got my wife, my son is back in Honolulu. I think my house is still standing. I heard that four homes have been destroyed."

Two new cracks in the ground began spewing lava from the volcano Saturday, emitting a toxic gas that further compounded the danger to residents, according to USGS.

Active eruption of lava and gas continues along Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone within the Leilani Estates subdivision. Additional fissure vents producing spatter and small lava flows developed early this morning, and additional outbreaks in the area are likely. Deflationary tilt at the summit of the volcano continues and the lava lake level continues to drop. There is no active lava in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō area. Aftershocks from yesterday's M6.9 earthquake continue and more should be expected, with larger aftershocks potentially producing rockfalls and associated ash clouds above Puʻu ʻŌʻō and Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

By late Saturday afternoon local time, magma was only flowing through fissure No. 7 - but that fissure alone was producing enough lava to continue threatening the surrounding area, said USGS volcano scientist Wendy Stovall.


Since the eruption Thursday, quakes have been shaking the island at regular intervals. The island has also endured two particularly large quakes: A 5.6-magnitude quake hit south of the volcano, which was followed by a 6.9 magnitude quake.

The latter quake was felt as far away as Oahu, and it also struck in nearly the exact same place as a deadly 7.4-magnitude earthquake in 1975.

What's worse, the gas flowing up through the fissures is making the area even more hazardous to people living in the area.

"The sulfur dioxide gas is very intense" and a "dangerous hazard in the area," Stovall said. "This is a continually evolving situation."

Videos posted on social media showed plates crashing the ground as the floor.

The quakes also forced the closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after some of the trails were damaged. The first quake triggered a cliff to collapse into the ocean near the Jaggar Museum.

Park officials said they canceled all tours Friday afternoon and evacuated about 2,600 tourists from the area.

"Safety is our main priority at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, and it is currently not safe to be here," park superintendent Cindy Orlando said in a statement. "We will monitor the situation closely, and reopen when it is safe to do so."

Geologists from the USGS said the quakes around Puna most closely resemble the events that precipitated a 1955 eruption. That eruption lasted about three months and left almost 4,000 acres of land covered in lava.


Chris2 Croesus Sun, 05/06/2018 - 17:32 Permalink

Hawaii filled with leftys and gays. I know of one gay couple very close to the volcano.

First it rained 50 inches in 36 hrs world record, earthquake, lava. Wonder how that fancy house

is looking right about now and their godless lifestyle. They found all sorts of homo graffiti in Pompeii from before the volcano ya know.

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Antifaschistische BarkingCat Mon, 05/07/2018 - 00:12 Permalink

lol....if hawaii was not part of the "US", it would have been part of Japan, or China, etc...that's just the way the world works.  It's a beautiful place, but it's also one of the most strategic pieces of land on the planet.  It would have never been "on it's own"...and believe me, if the Asians or Russians would have taken over the place, the screw over would have been 10x.

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rtb61 Antifaschistische Mon, 05/07/2018 - 04:39 Permalink

So you are like the mugger telling the victim, hey be happy that I am mugging you, I am only threatening to kill you for your 'er' my stuff, others will just shoot you for fun. The US staged a coup, stole the sovereignty of a country and killed those who actively opposed it, talking about others who might, maybe possibly, blah, blah, blah. The US was the criminal nation, just suck up your nations criminality and it's rock solid history of it and it's continuation to this day, you know stop with the lies and excuses and simply stop doing it.

How it could get worse, look at a Google map of Hawaii and pay attention to the water off the coast and you will sell past major sub-surface land subsidence and that is of course the greatest threat to every nation with a Pacific coastline, a major sub-surface (water surface) land subsidence creating a major tsunami.

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keep the basta… Sudden Debt Sun, 05/06/2018 - 23:45 Permalink

Psychopaths get sadistic pleasure from the suffering of other living things, anything that can suffering gives them pleasure.

Indeed some get that sadistic pleasure from destruction of any natural perfection.

The psychopath/narcissist/controller/sadist is a grouping, hard wired in the brain being genetically determined  and inherited.

They dont have the brain structure to feel love, or guilt or compassion or remorse, they lie, project,(like netty).

 from childhood they mimic emotion and  manipulate.  Some nations have lots of them, specially those which  prefer to breed with their own kind. acting is a natural career. I have such a branch in my family tree from england flourishing in siblings so know it well.

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idontcare Croesus Sun, 05/06/2018 - 20:20 Permalink

Zuckerberg's house is on the other side of the Island.  If that were to ever have something like this happen, that would be one of the most expensive natural disasters in history (loads of overpriced real estate over there).

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Ms No mog Sun, 05/06/2018 - 21:03 Permalink

The only way I could see that is if they were horses and they didn't have a trailer.  Then you let them loose.  Nobody would complain a bit and they know exactly how to get out of harms way.  They would have plenty of green food and would be easy to find later. 

Maybe chickens too.  You can't always put 100 chickens in a car but they should have enough instinct to run from gas and fire.  You could let lizards and tropical birds loose. Hawaii doesn't allow snakes.  These eruptions can literally be out-walked.  Locking a dog or cat in a house that might go down in flames is just evil and people should beat their owners.

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