Eruption of lava continues from vent in Hawaii neighborhood

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More recently, a huge river of lava that has crept several miles across the landscape to the eastern tip of the island engulfed two entire seaside housing subdivisions, burying hundreds more homes there, while vaporising a small freshwater lake.

"Vacationland is gone, there's no evidence of any properties there at all", Wendy Stovall, a vulcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), told reporters on a conference call.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that lava "continues unabated" from Fissure 8, near the most populous area, with fountains of lava shooting as high as 200 feet in the air.

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Also present at the press conference, Hawaii Governor David Ige said state will allocate 12 million USA dollars to help respond to the eruption, covering expenses ranging from overtime work to food and equipment.

Ige and Kim also announced the formation of a federal, state and local task force that would develop a recovery plan for the hardest-hit communities.

"Our responsibility is to try to work with the community to rebuild out of harm's way", Kim said.

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Most of the Kapoho area including the tide pools is now covered in fresh lava with few properties still intact as the Kilauea Volcano lower east rift zone eruption continues on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii.

According to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, lava has destroyed more than 600 homes since early last month. At the adjacent Kapoho Beach lots to the north, "just a few homes" are left standing, she added. That's on top of the losses at Leilani Estates, one of the first areas to feel the destructive power of Kilauea. "Don't forget the farmers, don't forget the ranchers, don't forget all the employees for them". There was no lava activity from the other fissures but fissures 24, 9, and 10 were billowing gases, scientists said.

Officials with the USGS say there is no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open.

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