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In Hawaii, Kilauea volcano erupts for several days. Lava flows reached the houses and destroyed dozens of buildings

The authorities evacuated the population, and the dead and the injured were avoided.

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In early May, on the island of Hawaii, which is part of the eponymous archipelago, Kilauea volcano became active . In the region, evacuation was announced, 1,7 thousand people left the house, who are preparing for the fact that they will not be able to return to them for a long time.

On May 7, local authorities reported that volcanic lava reached houses in the area of ​​Leilani Estates, destroying 31 houses, dozens of cars and other household buildings. Witnesses of the event publish in social networks photos and videos from the site of activation of the natural elements: according to them, the volcano periodically throws a column of lava up to a height of 70 meters. In addition, there are 10 active lava cracks in the area.

After a major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 points, tremors on the island continue. The authorities also warned that in the air the level of sulfur dioxide significantly increased, which is especially dangerous for the elderly and people with respiratory problems.

A spokesman for Hawaii County, Kanani Aton, said that some residents may be allowed to return home for a short time to take medicines and take care of pets. This will happen in the event that the level of sulfur dioxide falls.

Despite the dangerous situation, many residents did not want to evacuate to the last. 45-year-old Tesha Montoya (Tesha Montoya) said that she was not afraid of emissions of sulfur dioxide, but the turning point was an earthquake.

I felt that now the whole side of our hill would explode. The earthquake made us start running and throw guinea pigs and rabbits into the car.

Tesha Montoya

Local authorities called the event a “heartbreaking” spectacle: according to their information, the lava spread over an area of ​​more than 36 thousand square meters. At the same time, its propagation velocity is small, but the temperature on the surface of the lava can reach 1150 ° C.

At the moment about 200 people were placed in temporary places, the rest settled with friends and relatives. 37-year-old teacher and single mother Amber Makuakane (Amber Makuakane) said that her children still can not believe that the house destroyed the lava.

Our home was in front of the crack opened. While children do not understand all this. My son always asks me: “Mom, when will we go home?”

Amber Makuakane

Kilauea regularly erupts since 1983 and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In 2014, his lava burned one house, but the flow stopped in front of the town of Pahoa, located next to Leilani Estates.

From Hawaiian “Kilauea” is translated as “spewing, splashing, spreading”. The geological formation reaches a height of 1,200 meters. The volcano is in the east of the island of Hawaii – the largest among the Hawaiian islands. According to the legend of local residents, Kilauea is the habitat of the Hawaiian goddess of volcano Pele.

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