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Lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii

 

Lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii is really a site to see. With the lava deserts covering a large area on the Big Island it’s amazing if you ever come a pond something that survived it’s path of destruction. I still remember the first time I came up to the edge of the Mauna kea, I could hardly take a breath the sulfur coming from the volcano was so strong I ran back to my car and rolled up the windows, so I could breath again.

Lava flow on the Big Island of HawaiiHILO, Hawaii (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/zE6aTs).

Lava flow 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.

It’s a chance of a lifetime, if you ever experience the opportunity to see the Lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s nothing like it anywhere in the world, take my word for it! Absolutely breath taking…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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