Lava From Kilauea Volcano Destroys 10 More Homes in Leilani Estates

Lava from a Kilauea fissure illuminates dying trees in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii’s Big Island, May 26, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.
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Ten more homes in the path of Hawaii’s Kileaua volcano eruption have been destroyed overnight by fast-moving lava, a spokesperson for the Hawaii County Civil Defense told ABC News.

The most recently destroyed homes were in the Big Island’s Leilani Estates subdivision, which was evacuated more than three weeks ago. At least 51 homes have been destroyed since the volcanic emergency began, and more than 2,000 people have fled the area.

Despite evacuation orders for the area, some residents returned. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) flew in the area Sunday night and used infrared to determine where people were located. First responders utilized that information then going door to door at occupied homes ordering residents to leave.

There continue to be frequent explosive eruptions at the summit of Kilauea, including one early Monday morning that sent plumes of ash 12,000 to 13,000 feet into the air.

Only two of the fissures are still pumping lava: #8 and #24. Fissure #7, which was really powerful and forced Sunday night’s evacuations, has gone quiet again.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Gio Benitez and Frank Elaridi