Evacuee David Nail was anxious to learn if his house had been destroyed in the neighbouring Leilani Estates area.
"It's really unreal", Roditis told the affiliate this week. "Thank goodness that everyone's alive and safe".
Made sure that people went in there and started evacuating. She was living in her dream home, valued at $350,000, in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii. Temperatures were so high, it described the asphalt road as "mushy" from the heat. Geological Survey think if Kilauea's crater falls to groundwater level, strong steam-driven explosions will send "pebble-sized rocks" and ash flying for several miles.
On Wednesday, scientists observed what they believe may signal a new chapter in the latest series of disturbances - the violent explosion from the summit crater of rocky material that apparently fell into the remaining lava lake. If you're within several miles, you could be within range of smaller rocks the size of marbles, he said, and 20 miles downwind "you would see fine ash floating from the sky like snow".
Researchers don't know when the explosive activity will occur, how large they could be or how long they'd last. But people have continued to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which includes the crater and surrounding region. Hawaii County officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for two neighborhoods þÄî Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens þÄî on Thursday when the lava first emerged.
The declaration allows federal funds to begin to flow to state and local efforts in Hawaii. The estimated cost to protect residents over the next 30 days is expected to exceed $2.9 million, according to the governor's office.
Longtime residents of Donora, Washington County, will be able to sympathize with the plight of Hawaiian residents whose health and welfare is being threatened by not just the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano, but also the sickening gases the eruption is releasing.
From rising ash columns to the emission of risky gases, Hawaii residents fear the destructive force of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.
Lava oozing from two new fissures in the area had paused but sulfur dioxide gas was still a hazard.
Authorities had previously ordered almost 2,000 residents to leave Lanipuna Gardens and the neighboring Leilani Estates, both located in the mostly rural district of Puna on Hawaii's Big Island. While not necessarily life-threatening, someone breathing in vog will experience headaches and lung irritation.
If trade winds become lighter as predicted later this week, vog could pool northward over parts of the island by Friday, the weather service says.
Other dangers persist, not only in the form of lava but also earthquakes and newly formed cracks. Officials performed aerial surveys to give residents updated numbers on the number of homes overtaken by the lava and warned the number of destroyed structures could continue to rise. Reuters reports fountains of lava had spewed up to 300 feet from the vents and more than 115 acres of land have been scorched by lava so far.