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Hawaii volcano gushes on even after weeks

Updated : July 25, 2018 08:19 AM IST

A tour boat accident has drawn renewed attention to Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, but for Big Island residents the erupting lava has been an ever-present force for more than two months. Molten rock is blasting from one last eruption site, a large cinder cone in a hard-hit neighborhood where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3. It's sending huge volumes of lava snaking to the ocean miles away. An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed, more than 500 of those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced. One man was injured in the weeks after the eruption began, and another 23 people were hurt Monday when lava entering the ocean exploded onto a tour boat.

Lava from Kilauea volcano flows from the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
Lava from Kilauea volcano flows from the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
Lava from Kilauea volcano enters the ocean south of the eruption site near Kapoho, Hawaii, Thursday, July 18, 2018 on Hawaii's Big Island. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
Lava from Kilauea volcano enters the ocean south of the eruption site near Kapoho, Hawaii, Thursday, July 18, 2018 on Hawaii's Big Island. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
In this June 10, 2018 file photo, lava from the Kilauea volcano erupts from a fissure and forms a river of lava flowing down to Kapoho in Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow, File)
In this June 10, 2018 file photo, lava from the Kilauea volcano erupts from a fissure and forms a river of lava flowing down to Kapoho in Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow, File)
In this June 10, 2018 file photo, lava from the Kilauea volcano flows in and around Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow, File)
In this June 10, 2018 file photo, lava from the Kilauea volcano flows in and around Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow, File)
In this May 5, 2018 file photo, a man photographs lava from Kilauea volcano as it flows through the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
In this May 5, 2018 file photo, a man photographs lava from Kilauea volcano as it flows through the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
In this June 10, 2018 photo, lava from the Kilauea volcano flows near the Puna Geothermal Venture power plant in Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow, File)
In this June 10, 2018 photo, lava from the Kilauea volcano flows near the Puna Geothermal Venture power plant in Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow, File)
In this May 21, 2018 file photo, Jack Jones, visiting from Madison, Wis., takes pictures at a country club in Volcano, Hawaii as a huge ash plume rises from the summit of Kiluaea volcano. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this May 21, 2018 file photo, Jack Jones, visiting from Madison, Wis., takes pictures at a country club in Volcano, Hawaii as a huge ash plume rises from the summit of Kiluaea volcano. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Lava from Kilauea volcano's last remaining active fissure erupts in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Saturday, July 14, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
Lava from Kilauea volcano's last remaining active fissure erupts in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Saturday, July 14, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
In this June 6, 2018 file photo, most of the Kapoho area including the tide pools is now covered in fresh lava with few properties still intact as the Kilauea Volcano lower east rift zone eruption continues in Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/LE Baskow, File)
In this June 6, 2018 file photo, most of the Kapoho area including the tide pools is now covered in fresh lava with few properties still intact as the Kilauea Volcano lower east rift zone eruption continues in Pahoa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/LE Baskow, File)
This May 6, 2018 file photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the lava lake at the summit of Kilauea near Pahoa, Hawaii. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)
This May 6, 2018 file photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the lava lake at the summit of Kilauea near Pahoa, Hawaii. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)
Published : July 24, 2018 02:53 PM IST
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