Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Helicopter Evacuation As New Lava Stream Hits Ocean (TTM)

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News Alert – Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Helicopter Evacuation Readied As New Lava Stream Hits Ocean
A third lava flow from Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean as U.S. Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Six huge fissures sent rivers of molten rock through a blackened, volcanic wilderness that was once jungle, farmland and rural homes. Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, entered the fourth week of what may be an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at its summit crater and along a six-mile string of fissures. The recent volcano erupted at its summit, sending ash 10,000 feet into the air. The wind may carry ash to the southwest toward the Pahala area. At least 50 rural homes and other structures have been destroyed by lava from fissures in a small area of the Big Island. Some 2,000 people have faced mandatory evacuations and another 2,000 in coastal communities may be forced to leave their homes if State Highway 130, their last exit, becomes blocked.

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