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."
July 28, 2002 |
Glowing lava set trees afire and oozed into the ocean before dawn Saturday as thousands of spectators braved Kilauea Volcano's scalding spray to witness the spectacle. It is considered the most dangerous display of volcanic activity from Kilauea since 1995. Since the flow began May 12, the lava has triggered one major fire, which burned more than 3,600 acres.
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.
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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.
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October 14, 1999 |
The silver Hughes helicopter settled its skids on the glassy entrails of cold magma and idled its engine. Four field geologists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory jumped out onto the field of black pahoehoe lava. They stumbled toward the monitoring site as quickly as they could drag their battered equipment cases across the sharp-edged spatter fissures. Deep inside Kilauea, a half-mile beneath their feet, an immense plume of magma was on the move.
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.