Kilauea volcano claims more than two dozen homes in Hawaii


PAHOA, HI - MAY 5: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from a fissure slowly advances to the northeast on Hookapu Street after the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on May 5, 2018 in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. Leilani Estates sits along the zone.

A 5.4 quake also struck the island followed by a fifth eruption which spewed lava into the suburban streets of the estate.

Stovall says there is no indication when the lava flow may stop.

As of Monday morning, more than $29,000 had been raised for Makuakane, whose parents also live in the Leilani Estates area and have also been forced to flee their home.

So far, lava has spread around 387,500 square feet surrounding the most active fissure.

Hawaii County Emergency Management officials allowed anxious Leilani Street residents like Kerekgyarto - at least those who live between Highway 130 and Maile Street - temporarily back into their homes Sunday to retrieve whatever they wanted.

It's not clear how long the active lava flow in Leilani Estates will continue.

Then she immediately teared up and said, "And I'm sorry for all the people who lost their homes". "As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue", she said.

The dwelling was across from a fissure that opened Friday, when "there was some steam rising from all parts of the yard, but everything looked fine", Makuakane said.

But she received alerts Saturday that motion sensors throughout the house had been triggered.

Sunday night, evacuee Dana Donovan anxious about the fate of her land and whether the flowing lava would permanently block her access.

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"Makuakane grew up in the area and lived in her house for nine years".

Scientists are monitoring sulfur dioxide production by Kilauea, as well as tracking earthquakes, lava flows and other geologic characteristics of the volcano.

There are at least 10 open fissure vents, all in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Puna on the eastern end of the big island of Hawaii.

Snyder says it's all part of a little chain of events and that these "breakouts" are following a path.

Residents of Leilani Estates were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm to check on their properties and remove belongings.

Traditional Hawaiian beliefs say it depends on Pele, the volcano goddess who is said to reside in Kilauea.

The intermittent eruption of lava continued unabated, with one fissure spewing lava fountains until late afternoon.

"The best way to protect yourself and your family from the extremely unsafe volcanic gases is to leave the immediate area of the volcano defined by the police and fire department", it said.

Officials let some residents return briefly Sunday to get their pets, medicine and documents.

The number of homes destroyed by lava bursting out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has climbed to five. The U.S. Geological Survey warned last month that pressure was building under the surface.