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US Trump issues disaster declaration for Hawaii volcano damage

07:15  12 may  2018
07:15  12 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction

  Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction Magma has already devoured more than two dozens home 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. © 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.

President Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii as the state deals with damage from a volcanic eruption on its largest island. The volcano is the youngest and most active on the Big Island. Hawaii Gov.

Hawaii 's Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending lava shooting into the Hawaii Gov. David Ige says President Donald Trump has approved his request for a presidential disaster declaration for the Big Island as the state copes with Kilauea volcano ’s eruption.

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President Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii as the state deals with damage from a volcanic eruption on its largest island.

The White House announced Friday night that federal funding had been approved for local recovery efforts in the area affected by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that began early last month.

"Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments," the White House added in a statement.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) head Brock Long has named deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn as FEMA's top official for the state's relief work, according to the announcement.

Hawaii volcano triggers more evacuations as 2 new vents appear

  Hawaii volcano triggers more evacuations as 2 new vents appear Residents on Hawaii's Big Island were ordered to evacuate Tuesday as two new "highly active" lava fissures opened up in the community of Lanipuna. Locals received an emergency alert on their cell phones as government officials warned of danger in Lanipuna Gardens, a smaller division of Leilani Estates where lava has destroyed dozens of homes, near the town of Pahoa."All Lanipuna residents must evacuate now," the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted. Two volcanic vents are "actively erupting" and "Hazardous fumes continue to be released," officials said.

President Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii as the state deals with damage from a volcanic eruption on its largest island. The volcano is the youngest and most active on the Big Island. Hawaii Gov.

Trump previously issued a major disaster declaration weeks ago authorizing money from FEMA public assistance grants for the County of Hawaii of mostly small-scale earthquakes that have added to the jitters of residents living nearby and damaged facilities at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Kilauea Volcano, which began erupting more than a week ago, has destroyed at least 36 structures so far including 27 homes, according to CBS News. The volcano is the youngest and most active on the Big Island.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) signed a request for a presidential disaster declaration on Wednesday, stating in a press release that a larger-scale evacuation may be necessary as the eruption develops.

"As more fissures open and toxic gas exposure increases, the potential of a larger scale evacuation increases. A mass evacuation of the lower Puna District would be beyond current county and state capabilities, and would quickly overwhelm our collective resources," Ige said.

"Federal assistance would be necessary to enable us to successfully conduct such large-scale operations."

Two weeks on, Hawaii residents look for 'normalcy' amid ash, lava .
<p>Two weeks after fountains of lava and poisonous gas from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in the middle of the night, things were only getting worse for residents on Friday following one of its largest eruptions and worst sulfur emissions.</p>Two weeks after fountains of lava and poisonous gas from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in the middle of the night, things were only getting worse for residents on Friday following one of its largest eruptions and worst sulfur emissions.

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