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US Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction

03:05  08 may  2018
03:05  08 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

As the ground opened, a teary Hawaii resident bid his home a final farewell

  As the ground opened, a teary Hawaii resident bid his home a final farewell Steve Gebbie, 56, is among the hundreds forced from their homes on the Big Island after the Kilauea volcano erupted. They fled a triple threat of earthquakes, fountains of molten lava and plumes of dangerous sulfur dioxide gas. Before evacuating to a friend's home late Friday, Gebbie -- a union carpenter -- took one last walk around the home he built over the past three years on an acre brimming with towering trees and fragrant tropical plants. "My beautiful house -- gorgeous, custom home," he said. "Paid for. No mortgage, which is awesome. ... I took a walk around my house, videotaped my house and pretty much said goodbye.

Lava from volcanic fissures slowly advances and overtakes structures and trees in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the aftermath of eruptions from the the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii ' s Big Island on May 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii .

Lava from Hawaii ' s Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction PAHOA, Hawaii -- There's a fountain of lava more than 100 feet high here, and telephone poles

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PAHOA, Hawaii -- There's a fountain of lava more than 100 feet high here, and telephone poles are lighting up like matchsticks. Time-lapse video shows a house being consumed by molten rock. All of those images are the haunting results of the Kilauea unleashing its fury.

The lava has already devoured more than two dozen homes in and around the neighborhood of Leilani Estates.

By helicopter, the destruction down below can be seen clearly. There aren't any firefighters down there because there's nothing they can do. The volcano is an unstoppable force.

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  Hawaii volcanic eruption destroys home of single mother of 2 A single mother of two says she is devastated that her Big Island home was burned to the ground by a lava flow, but a GoFundMe page set up for her may help her rebuild. Amber Makuakane confirmed Sunday that her property in Leilani Estates is one of at least 21 that officials say was destroyed by Kilauea volcano.“Her home was one of the first five homes completely consumed by the lava,” the GoFundMe page for her says. “Amber was born, raised and graduated from Pahoa. Her parents also reside in Leilani Estates and had to evacuate.

Video: Lava swallows car as Hawaii ' s Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction . Lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano has consumed telephone poles, trees and homes and destroyed at least 35 buildings since it started erupting late last week.

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a lot of smoke around it: Lava from volcanic fissures slowly advances and overtakes structures and trees in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the aftermath of eruptions from the the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Lava from volcanic fissures slowly advances and overtakes structures and trees in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the aftermath of eruptions from the the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii.

High levels of toxic sulfur dioxide gas and hundreds of earthquakes still rock this community.

Kilauea has been in a constant state of eruption since 1983. The most recent eruptions were caused in part by the collapse of a crater that was filled with lava. When it caved in, the lava traveled along a hose-like tunnel underground called a lava tube where built-up pressure formed cracks that burst, spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air.

We hiked through thick brush to see the lava flow up-close.

Satellite photos show Hawaii volcano leaking lava, toxic gas

  Satellite photos show Hawaii volcano leaking lava, toxic gas The images look pretty but indicate devastation on the ground below.Taken on May 6 by an instrument aboard the space agency's Terra satellite, the two false-color photos show fissures along the volcano's East Riff Zone that are leaking lava and the toxic gas sulfur dioxide.

PAHOA, Hawaii -- There' s a fountain of lava more than 100 feet high here, and telephone poles are lighting up like matchsticks. Kilauea has been in a constant state of eruption since 1983. The most recent eruptions were caused in part by the collapse of a crater that was filled with lava .

Lava from Hawaii ' s Kilauea volcano continues to threaten homes in the Leilani Estates neighborhood. At least 35 structures have been destroyed . CBS News

a close up of a fire: A look at the lava flow in Hawaii. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A look at the lava flow in Hawaii.

At first glance it may not look like the lava is moving at all, but looking closer at the leading edge, it is slowing inching forward along the road.

For a second straight day, county officials are allowing some of the 1,700 people evacuated to return to pick up the essentials. They know they might have to leave again at any moment.

Kelena Kealoha fled the California wildfires for his dream home here. Now the lava flows are just feet away.

"I was going to raise my daughters here, but it doesn't look like it was going to turn out to be the scenario we hoped," Kealoha said. "I've never experienced lava consuming all of my possessions before ... I guess it's kind of mixed emotions."

Amber Makuakane's home is already gone. The single mom doesn't know how to tell her 4-year-old son.

"I need to figure that out," she said with tears in her eyes. "My son asks, 'Mommy, can we go home?'"

Scientists have no real prediction as to when or where the lava will flow -- or when it will end.


A little volcanic eruption can't ruin a day on the golf course in Hawaii .
The sky is lovely, dark and deep. But these golfers in Hawaii have rounds to go before they sleep. Stunning photos taken at Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday show golfers coolly hitting the links even as a monstrous ash plume looms behind them.The eruption of the Kilauea volcano has already destroyed houses, caused evacuations and threatened to wreak havoc on Hawaii's tourism industry. On Tuesday, a plume of ash from the volcano rose 12,000 feet into the air, dropping ash on large sections of the island.The US Geological Survey issued a red alert on Tuesday warning of an imminent major eruption.

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