Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii's five volcanoes, is feared to be on the brink of another major eruption after being rattled by more than 500 earthquakes over the weekend.
This Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows a fish-eye view of a lava delta filling the former Kapoho Bay at the town of Kapoho on the island of Hawaii. A plume of toxic volcanic lava haze, called laze, stretched for miles.More news: IHOP reveals name change to International House of... Burgers?
It won't look like the farmland that dominates that region of the Big Island anytime soon.
More than 10 earthquakes that registered over 3.0 magnitude shook the area Wednesday and the USGS said it had been expecting an explosive event amid all the activity.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said there were several earthquakes at the summit early this morning. "So, it's usually ohia and ferns that are the first pioneers of those new lava flows".
People that have private property in the affected areas will still own their land, though it will need to be reassessed once the lava stops flowing.More news: Larry Kudlow has suffered a heart attack, Trump says
The lava, which has covered more than 5,000 acres (2023.47 hectares) in this latest eruption is not only expansive, but very thick.
The latest eruption began early Tuesday morning and was so powerful that it spewed ash almost a mile into the air and sparked a 5.5 magnitude quake, scientists say.
As of early Friday 24 separate fissures covered almost 8 square miles of land in lava. At the adjacent Kapoho Beach lots to the north, "just a few homes" are left standing, she added. They too are cut off and inaccessible.
Kim told reporters that in the last three days alone, 320 of the homes were destroyed in the coastal community of Kapoho along with all the homes in Vacationland.More news: Trump administration moves to end asylum for victims of abuse and gangs