BIG ISLAND (INTELLIHUB) — Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano exploded about 4:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning which resulted in a monumental lava flow which subsequently triggered the decimation of over 200 homes and a extremely sacred 300-year-old lake.
Hundreds of homes were incinerated after an eruption on the volcano’s summit triggered a magnitude 5.5 earthquake which allowed for fast flowing rivers of lava to reach both Vacationland and Kapoho Beach subdivisions apace.
No tsunami warning was triggered but Hawaii’s Civil Defense is on red alert.
Making things worse, Lava from fissure #8 has made its way about a half mile out into Kapoho Bay where it continues to destroy precious sea life.
Officials have warned that hydrochloric acid and tiny glass particles floating in the air can cause permanent lung damage.
Newspaper headlines in the region read things like ‘Vacationland gone’ and ‘River of lava claims hundreds more homes‘ which played on residents fears and emotions.
Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Mango told reporters the lava was “like a flood” and said that it covered “everything in its path.”
All of the tide pools, fishing ponds, swim holes, and vacation areas within the lava’s path have been destroyed, KHON2 reports.