December 20, 1986 |
A moving furnace of molten rock from Kilauea Volcano slid through a coastal subdivision Friday, destroying 13 homes and forcing about 400 people to evacuate. "We just lost 10 homes. It's just going right through the subdivision. A lot of other homes are in danger and we fear that more will be lost," said Harry Kim, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator.
May 20, 1990 |
President Bush Friday declared a major disaster on the island of Hawaii, where Kilauea volcano has destroyed 139 homes and caused an estimated $61 million in damage, Gov. John Waihee announced. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals and local governments. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will coordinate the effort and designate specific areas eligible for aid.
November 28, 1986 |
A seven-mile river of glowing hot lava from Kilauea Volcano had destroyed nine homes and severed a highway by late Thursday as it inched toward the ocean. "The eruption is still going strong," said Tom Wright, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. "There is no change in our instrument readings." At its closest, the lava had moved to within 600 to 700 feet of the sea, said Mardie Lane, a park ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
December 22, 1986 |
Lava that destroyed more than a dozen homes in this village's largest residential area stopped and cooled Sunday, sparing nearly 100 other homes and a church where parishioners gave thanks for the reprieve. "I didn't think we would have Mass this Sunday," Father Larry Burns told about 80 members of the Star of the Sea Catholic Church. "Thank God we are here again together and thank God our little church was spared."
March 18, 2011 |
The Shinmoedake volcano on Japan's southern island of Kyushu, 950 miles from the epicenter of last week's magnitude 9 earthquake, spewed ash and rocks up to 2.5 miles into the air March 13. The volcano had erupted Jan. 19 and several times afterward, most recently Feb. 1. Its re-eruption just two days after the massive temblor prompted many to wonder whether the quake could have triggered that event. "The last explosion event at Shinmoedake may be triggered by the shock of the earthquake," said Setsuya Nakada of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo in an e-mail.
January 5, 1986 |
On what was once a verdant hillside sloping down to the Pacific Ocean, white smoke climbs from a rumpled volcanic pyramid of black and steaming rock. Cooling lava flows fan out in an apron of destruction that covers several square miles. On a hump of high ground, a lean-to with a corrugated roof provides makeshift shelter for geologists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1990 |
Fiery tongues of lava from Kilauea Volcano have ravaged this coastal community. But compared to some of its cousins around the world, the Hawaiian volcano is downright polite. "At least it gives you time. It lets you take what you want, and you can watch it," said Leslie Doctor, who stood mesmerized as the searing lava bore down on his family's home.
April 20, 1990 |
Lava from Kilauea Volcano torched another Hawaii Island home Thursday, the 82nd destroyed during its current eruption, and continued moving toward other dwellings, authorities said. A house in the Kalapana Gardens subdivision was ignited less than 12 hours after another home a short distance away burned Wednesday, said Bruce Butts of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency. The flow was moving toward another home that was about 350 feet away, Butts said.
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June 3, 1986 |
Kilauea Volcano Monday began the 46th phase of its three-year-long eruption, shooting fountains of lava up to 800 feet high in what was expected to be a brief burst of activity, scientists said. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Reggie Okamura said that the latest phase had formed five lava flows, the longest about two miles. None threatened property.
June 7, 2009 |
The summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is glowing brightly as molten lava swirls 300 feet below its crater's floor, bubbling near the surface after years of spewing from the volcano's side. The expanding vent of Halemaumau crater helps confirm scientists' belief that the lava is close to the surface of the summit, said Janet Babb, a geologist and spokeswoman for the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.