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Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Wipes Out an Entire Neighborhood Called 'Vacationland'

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Wipes Out an Entire Neighborhood Called 'Vacationland'

Hawai'i is the southernmost and largest of the island chain, which owes its existence to the very active Hawaiian hot spot.

The destruction of Vacationland was triggered by a 5.6 magnitude natural disaster that hit the summit of the Kilauea volcano.

Around three dozen private homes and vacation rentals in Kapoho were destroyed by the lava after relentless lava engulfed the town. The fountain of lava at fissure 8 has reached as high as 250 feet in the air. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015.

June 7, 2018, ESA - European Space Agency #Sentinnel2 satellite image of Kilauea Volcano lava flows near Kapoho and Vacationland, Hawai. Note the red colours along the northern margin of the broad area - this is where the flow began expanding into Beach Lots yesterday. The crater now has a funnel shape geometry with a deep cylindrical shaft, filled with rubble. Molten rock has entirely covered the neighborhood of "Vacationland" on Hawaii's big island as it continues to spread into nearby Kapoho Bay.

County civil defense officials had a day earlier put the confirmed number of homes destroyed during the past month at 130, all of them in and around the Leilani Estates community, where lava-spouting fissures opened up on the volcano's eastern flank on May 3. This eruptive activity feeds a channel transporting lava to the east to the ocean entry in the Kapoho Bay area.

Depending on climate, rainfall and other variables, new vegetation could start growing soon, but it would take much longer for the fertile land and lush rainforests to build back up. A plume of toxic volcanic lava haze, called laze, stretched for miles.