Dramatic Drone Footage Shows Massive Kilauea Crater Collapse, Miles Of Lava Devastation

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. 

Sound warning

Drone footage captured at the mouth of the volcano reveals the extent of the damage caused by recent explosive eruptions: 

Satellite data acquired by the Landsat 8 Operation Land Imager (OLI) captured the flow from the night of May 23 for this false-color image.

Updates from Sunday:

 

Comments

Theosebes Goodfellow SafelyGraze Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:31 Permalink

You all know damned well this is the Hawaii democrats fault.

Not one god-damned virgin to throw in the blow hole, not a single one. Can't be found! So the thing keeps burning up the countryside and the gods aren't appeased. Some of the fault goes to the few republicans there, since they won't part with any of the over 80 crowd of spinsters they have sitting around, but shit, the green party's right when they surmise that Pele wouldn't be too happy getting short-changed with some scrawny, ancient old Presbyterian organist chucked in as an afterthought. Nope, that wouldn't do at all. /h

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NoDebt HerpaDerp Mon, 06/04/2018 - 23:47 Permalink

I'm pretty dim.  I can find it.  

And much to my surprise, there are, in fact, a bunch of islands that make up the state of Hawaii.  Like 8 of them or some such shit.  I don't believe that.  I think it's just one island and it's like 100% covered in lava now (the news told me so).  I'm pretty sure everyone is dead.  This sucks.  It seemed like such a nice state.  

At least penguins will have a nice place to breed next year.  I mean, after the lava cools off, of course.

 

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