HAWAII’S Kilauea volcano in review

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Kilauea’s current level of devastation has surpassed its previous worst tally when it wiped out 215 structures in ongoing eruptions starting in 1983. The recent volcanic blasts are now the United States’ worst since the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens in Washington state, according to volcano specialist Scott Rowland. Hawaii governor David Ige passed $12 million of funding on Thursday to support Big Island, where spreading lava flows are causing mounting costs. A burgeoning river of scalding lava swallowed the entire development of Vacationland, Big Island Mayor Harry Kim confirmed yesterday. Around 160 homes were lost along with 330 houses at Kapoho Beach Lots. This follows earlier losses at Leilani Estates – all three are situated at the island’s southeastern tip. Mayor Kim said: ”So if you combine the three of them (Kapoho, Vacationland and Leilani), we’re talking about 600 homes. ”I’m talking about 600 families. Don’t forget the farmers, don’t forget the ranchers, don’t forget all the employees for them.” More info: http://bit.ly/2LDAGMn

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