Confronting aerial footage shows fast-moving lava flows destroying homes in Hawaii

Lava reaches area of geothermal power station in Hawaii

Lava reaches area of geothermal power station in Hawaii

One fountain of lava rose more than 60 metres at times on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

A presidential disaster declaration has been issued for the ongoing Kilauea eruptions, which authorities have compared to months-long volcanic activity in February 1955, in which at least 24 separate volcanic vents opened up and lava covered about 3,900 acres over a period of 88 days.

The reported drop in hotel and activities bookings comes as the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau reports a significant uptick this month in arrivals to the Big Island, owing largely to an increase in nonstop air service from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii.

Onlookers catch a glimpse of the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa on Saturday.

The National Guard took the media out on a tour of the lava sites in Leilani Estates.

Kris Burmeister says he's seen his Leilani Estates neighborhood go from a lush jungle to a moonscape. Air quality conditions indicated it was completely safe.

Magma continues to fill into the lower East Rift Zone and fissures once dormant reactivated on Monday, according to the USGS.

Lava from a Kilauea fissure illuminates dying trees in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii's Big Island, May 26, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii. A USGS scientist and national guardsman walked toward the flow to check the air quality. Vog is a haze created when sulfur dioxide gas and other volcanic pollutants mix with moisture and dust.

But entering active lava flow areas, or places where lava has recently flowed, is kind of stupid, at best.

The lava is covering a highway and is heading towards an intersection of another highway.

Despite evacuation orders for the area, some residents returned.

County Department of Public Works crews helped residents to move their belongings in an operation that was completed at about 2:30 a.m., said county spokeswoman Janet Snyder.

Plant officials say they've deactivated the 11 wells on the property. Hundreds of people have been ordered to leave the vicinity of the biggest eruption cycle in a century of one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Residents of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are advised to evacuate.

More than 70 homes have been destroyed due to the lava flows, CNN reported Tuesday evening.

Snyder said this morning Public Works personnel are still on scene "helping people get their stuff out".

Pele's hair is sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers. However, winds could carry the lighter particles farther away.

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