Hawaii Deals with Volcano

Kierah Kavicky, Feature Editor

The volcano Kilauea erupted May 3 on Hawaii’s big island, destroying homes. This eruption caused a crack in the ground east of Leiana Estates. All of those near this volcanic eruption were evacuated due to the lava flow and also the levels of toxic sulfur dioxide gas.

By May 7, according to the County of Hawaii’s government website, “Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 12 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed.” The lava covered 104 acres on May 8.

The destructive flow of lava is not the only threat that those that are on the island face. According to the Washington Post, “Several earthquakes-including the strongest to hit Hawaii in more than four decades-have jolted Big Island’s residents, some as they were in the midst of evacuating.”

Although officials say that the fumes caused by the lava flow are the most dangerous to residents. Residents are being told to be ready to evacuate under short notice and if conditions permit residents to check on their home they can from 7AM and 6PM. Although, children are not allowed in the area under any circumstance.

As of May 28, 2018 the flow of lava still has not slowed down and is still creating hazards on the southeastern side of the Big Island. It was recorded that on May 25 lava flow had destroyed 82 structures.

The lava has reached Puna Geothermal Venture Plant. Many feared that the wells at the Plant would release Hydrogen Sulfide creating a toxic gas when mixed with lava, but they were successfully plugged therefore eliminating the concern.