People airlifted away from relentless lava flow in Hawaii

Hawaii volcano update

REUTERSHawaii volcano update Molten lava continues to surge into the streets

On Saturday, (June 2), at approximately 8:30 a.m., a male party drove up to a police checkpoint on Government Beach Road, (Highway 137), just north of Highway 132, "Four Corners" intersection.

The National Weather Service says it observed a plume reaching up to 5,000 feet above sea level.

A thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows on Sunday, June 3 as the flow from Fissure 8 continues to advance towards the ocean in Kapoho Bay.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency also said vigorous lava eruptions are continuing in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Lava from Kilauea has covered an area of almost 5,000 acres, according to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured as of June 4, 2018.

Authorities are planning to airlift people out if the lava spreads farther and endangers the dozen or so holdouts. However, a handful of residents said they had nowhere else to go and chose instead to remain in their homes.

Three people were evacuated from an isolated part of the Kapoho community Sunday, according to the Hawaii Fire Department.

There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas. They stopped to inquire of their situation, and then when asked, airlifted them to a safe place.

Magno said the Keaau Armory shelter was full Monday, while the Pahoa shelter had about 300 additional openings.

The 800-metre-wide (0.5 mile) front of the lava flow, which has now covered more than 20km sq of land (8ml sq) had been advancing at around 76 metres an hour (250ft/hr) and hit the the ocean in Kapoho Bay around 10.30pm Sunday (local time), creating spectacular plumes of steam.

Seven people were cited Saturday for loitering in a disaster zone, and they will have to appear in court, Hawaii officials said. "Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash".

An official count of homes destroyed has yet to be released, but Snyder said that, because almost all of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were covered, the number is expected to be in the hundreds.

According to Discover, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was able to guide first responders via drone to rescue a Hawaiian man whose home was on the verge of being engulfed by lava from the Kilauea volcano.

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