Published On: Sun, Jun 10th, 2018

Hawaii volcano latest pictures: When will the eruptions end? | World | News

Lava flows have destroyed more than 600 homes since the first huge eruption on May 3. 

Thousands of evacuees have been staying with friends and relatives, or seeking solace in emergency shelters.

Some residents have rented or purchased new homes.

Hundreds of construction workers built 20 temporary housing units on Saturday for families who have lost their homes.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim called their efforts a “source of hope”. 

US Geological Survey (USGS) officials have put the area on red alert.

A fissure in the volcano’s lower east rift zone spewed out a fountain of blistering lava at an extraordinary height in the early hours of this morning.

In its latest status report, USGS said: “Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates.

“Lava fountaining from Fissure 8 continued throughout the day, topping out at about 200 feet in height.”

USGS has put the region on a ‘warning’ volcano alert level and aviation code ‘red’.

When will the eruptions end?

USGS scientists have warned there is no way of knowing when the eruptions will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open.

The eruption from the shield volcano has destroyed cropland and covered 5,000 acres, even up to 20 feet deep in some places.

The last month has seen the island’s most destructive eruption in modern times.

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