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Lava flow destroys homes on the Big Island of Hawaii

 

Lava flow destroys homes on the Big Island of Hawaii, as you may or may not know, there are two active volcanos on the Big Island “Kilauea & Mauna Loa.” With this recent lava flow some of the homes near the Kilauea volcano were destroyed.

Lava flow destroys homes on the Big Island of Hawaii

HILO, Hawaii — A lava flow has destroyed the last home in a vast but sparsely populated neighborhood in the Big Island’s Puna district, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.

The neighborhood’s last resident, Jack Thompson, left his home about an hour before the river of molten rock plowed down a hill and burned his house to the ground Friday evening, the newspaper reported.

Lava flow destroys homes on the Big Island of Hawaii

“I got as much stuff out (of) there as was practical, and everything else, had to leave it,” Thompson said. The lava was “pretty much coming in the back as we were going out the front.”

The destruction of Thompson’s home of nearly 30 years comes after years of lava flows from the Kilauea volcano.

Over the years, the lava has destroyed other homes and cut off roads to the neighborhood. Thompson said his last neighbor’s house was destroyed in 2008.

“I’ve been preparing for this for years. You’re hoping for the best, but in time expect the inevitable,” he said. “It could have gone somewhere else just as easily, but this time I was in the way.”

The volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, but Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists warned several weeks ago that the lava was becoming more active.

As Lava flow destroys homes on the Big Island of Hawaii our hearts and prays go out to the many Hawaiians whom have became homeless during this tragic event.
 
~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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