The tide of melted rocks changed the roads of Hawaii into a volcanic wasteland on Friday as the number of houses destroyed by the erupting Kilauea volcano increases. The authorities told the residents to escape from the rising surge of Lava in front of them.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano unleashed on the Big Island’s Leilani Estates housing development. The number of houses and other structures destroyed reached on 82 from previous count of 50.
Since May 3, approx. 2,200 acres (890 hectares) of land has been destroyed by lava, it is likely to be the most destructive eruption of Kilauea in more than a century, according to the County of Hawaii.
U.S. Geological Survey geologist Wendy Stovall told journalists on a conference call that, “It’s this tide of lava that rises up and overflows itself on the edges and keeps rising and progressing forward.”
Almost 37 structures are already “lava locked,” meaning that the houses are inaccessible, and those who are not evacuated may be trapped by lava flows.
Hawaii County Civil Defense said in warning that, ”Any residents remaining in the current affected areas should evacuate now.”
Stovall refuses to comment on emitting lava volume. Marzo said that USGS geologist told him that there was much more to come from Kilauea.
He said, “What has been coming out is just a small fraction of what was in the volcano.”
Ross Birch, head of the island’s tourism board said that, ”Visitors numbers are reducing in2018 as compare to 2017 to the Connecticut-sized island , with the cancellation of some port visits by cruise ships expected to have a $3 million impact.”