April 25, 1990 |
Lava from Kilauea Volcano torched two more homes in this coastal Hawaii Island community. A fiery stream of molten rock moved through the Kalapana Gardens subdivision early Tuesday and incinerated a one-story frame house, Civil Defense officials said. The lava overtook another home late Monday. The lava was flowing eastward, toward the heart of the tract, and authorities said that 120 other houses are in or near its current path.
January 4, 1993 |
The U.S. Army's chemical weapons disposal plant on Johnston Atoll was closed following a fire in a containment area where a mustard gas shell was being dismantled, an Army spokesman said. No one was in the area and there were no injuries, said John Fairbank, a spokesman for the Army. Explosive material used to detonate the artillery shell caught fire Saturday as it was being removed, Fairbank said. The fire burned itself out, he said.
April 5, 1990 |
Lava from Kilauea Volcano incinerated two homes in this rural Hawaii Island community Wednesday and was menacing at least four others. Authorities said that many more houses could be destroyed. Residents of 59 of the 125 houses have been ordered to evacuate, and civil defense officials said those remaining should be ready to pack their belongings and get out within 72 hours.
August 15, 1990 |
The Hasegawa General Store, a Maui Island landmark that was a must-visit for adventurous tourists, burned to the ground early Tuesday. The store had been in operation for nearly 90 years. It served both residents of this isolated community on Maui's eastern shore and tourists who braved the narrow, winding road to visit the grave of aviator Charles Lindbergh in nearby Kipahulu. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. and burned out of control for more than two hours.
April 28, 1990 |
Lava slowly flowing from Kilauea Volcano through a remote housing area on the island of Hawaii sent four more houses up in flames. Civil Defense officials put the number of homes destroyed in Kalapana Gardens since April 4 at 32, or about a quarter of the subdivision's homes. Two separate flows were joining together, and the lava surges caused Civil Defense officials to extend blockades and to warn residents of the possibility of large methane gas explosions.
September 3, 1990 |
When Hasegawa General Store collapsed in a suspicious predawn fire last month, Hana felt like it had lost a member of the family. Townspeople came all week to pay their respects. "Part of the heart of Hana died with that store," sighed Bob Vogele, head of the Hana Community Assn. For three generations, Hasegawa General Store has been this remote Hawaiian town's lifeline to the world, supplying everything from poi to pick axes. Overnight, it was gone.