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Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano creates new coastline

12 June 2018

Lava from the Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created approximately 1.5km of new land.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area Wednesday with the force of a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

Ige and Kim also announced the formation of a federal, state and local task force that would develop a recovery plan for the hardest-hit communities.

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Lava completely covered the Big Island's Vacationland neighborhood, destroying hundreds of homes and pouring into the Kapoho Bay, where it formed at least 0.8 miles of land that juts into the sea, the Associated Press reports.

"Our responsibility is to try to work with the community to rebuild out of harm's way", Kim said.

Also present at the press conference, Hawaii Governor David Ige said state will allocate 12 million USA dollars to help respond to the eruption, covering expenses ranging from overtime work to food and equipment. Most recently, a huge river of lava has engulfed two entire seaside subdivisions - Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots. "Don't forget the farmers, don't forget the ranchers, don't forget all the employees for them".

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US Geological Survey officials say the flow was still very active and there is no way of knowing when the eruption will end or whether more lava-spewing vents could open. A plume of toxic volcanic lava haze, called laze, stretched for miles.

This helicopter footage shot on the morning of June 6 shows the new lava delta and clouds of steam, hydrochloric acid gas and volcanic glass shards rising from where lava made contact with the sea.

Frequent earthquakes, mostly of relatively small magnitude but numbering in the thousands, have persisted throughout the eruption, adding to the jitters of residents living closest to the volcano.

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In addition to property damage, the eruption has severed highways, knocked out power and telephone services and shut down a geothermal plant that usually provides about a quarter of the island's power.

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano creates new coastline