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Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano

06 June 2018

Clouds of steam rose over Kapoho Bay on Hawaii's Big Island after a stream of lava from the Kilauea volcano made contact with the sea on Monday, June 4.

Four weeks have passed since the first eruption rocked Hawaii's Big Island and lava continues oozing from volcanic fissures, burning homes to the ground and turning into rivers of molten rock.

At the Kilauea summit, another explosion occurred early Tuesday morning, accompanied by a 5.5 magnitude natural disaster.

The number of homes swallowed by the lava flowing from fissures has jumped to at least 87, up the from the 77 reported destroyed Thursday.

The site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea's summit and from giant fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern side.

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Despite rumors to the contrary, Snyder said Hawaii County Parks and Recreation's Summer Fun Program will not be cancelled this year.

Footage has also now emerged of lava flow from fissures crashing into the Pacific Ocean in Kapoho Bay.

No injuries were reported in the area, which had previously been evacuated.

Kilauea has been erupting for the past four weeks, destroying dozens of homes and prompting evacuations from those who live near the volcano. The flow has prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze - steam formed of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

Three people were evacuated from an isolated part of the Kapoho community Sunday, according to the Hawaii Fire Department.

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Officers have issued 18 total citations in the last week to people for bypassing checkpoints and entering risky areas, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) said in a statement. "This is something most of us will never see in our lifetime", he said.

There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas.

The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree.

"These remnant and sub-populations of wildlife may no longer persist, rapidly decline, or become further fragmented and/or contract in range", said Steve Bergfeld, the Branch Manager of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, in the release.

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Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano