Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano

Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano

"However, some areas may have experienced strong shaking", PTWC said in the statement.

Homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are on smaller lots and are closer together than in other parts of the Puna district.

A 5.5-magnitude natural disaster struck near the summit of Kilauea early Tuesday, but it was not strong enough to generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

An official count of homes destroyed has yet to be released, but Snyder said that, because almost all of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were covered, the number is expected to be in the hundreds.

Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said people should stay at least 1,000ft from water's edge to avoid health effects from the laze, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

One of more than a dozen fissures in the earth's crust caused by the quake, Fissure 8, continues to feed a half-mile-wide lava flow toward the ocean at a rate of 250 feet per hour, the USGS said Sunday.

Kilauea has been erupting for the past four weeks, destroying dozens of homes and prompting evacuations from those who live near the volcano.

The area contains a mix of vacation rental properties and year-round residences, The Associated Press reported.

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Officials warned residents about the presence of laze, a potentially unsafe mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and tiny glass particles in the air.

Scientists say lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has covered a total for 8 square miles (20 square kilometers).

"Multiple observations from field crews and overflights suggest the Fissure 8 fountain is less vigorous this evening, with maximum heights of 130-160 feet", USGS reported last night.

Between May 4 and Monday, there have been almost 10,000 earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A Kapoho man was arrested on Saturday, as lava approached the Four Corners intersection.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to persistent earthquakes and eruptions of corrosive volcanic ash.

The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree.

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