Monday, June 04, 2018

Residents surrounded by lava on Hawaii's Big Island

On Hawaii's Big Island, about a dozen people who ignored evacuation orders, are now surrounded by flowing lava. Their only way out will be by helicopter. A huge lava front is consuming everything in its path. Massive amounts of molten rock -- an unstoppable force of nature." In the community of Kapoho, authorities had been anticipating that the lava would get there for days. Helicopter pilot Colin Burkardt has watched it all unfold since the eruption began a month ago. "This could be an inevitable lava flow. It could end up being a new eruption site, it may never go back to crater, it may never shift back up the rift zone," Burkardt said. The area is known as four corners because it's the intersection of two major highways. Lava has covered it all. There is nothing left ... and with it, the two major escape routes for people in this community...MORE

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