Puna, HI -
It has now been 11 days since the first volcanic fissures opened up in Leilani Estates subdivision on the big island, and there has been little rest for residents since as tremors shake the ground and new vents open up. The fissures now spreading into the lower Puna area, sending more people feeling from their homes.
Four new eruptions in the last three days have residents on Hawaii's big island on edge. The most recent eruptions, the 17th and 18th fissures to open up, sending chunks of lava hundreds of feet into the air.
The explosion is boom boom boom! And things moving and the bigger explosions I've actually seen rocks fly over the tree line. - Richard Schott, Puna Resident
Those volcanic vents sending a steady but narrow flow of lava heading toward the ocean, about 2 miles away. As of this afternoon, the lava had traveled about a mile from the vent. That new lava flow have spurred dozens of Puna residents to feel their homes amid heightened fears that a mass evacuation may be necessary.
What we are doing in the lower Puna area is going around to the non evacuated residents and communities just to let them know as a precautionary measure that we'd like then to be ready prepared to evacuate at a moments notice: - Emergency official
More structures were burned over the weekend with the new lava flows, but thankfully no more homes have been lost.
The two homes that are on that road - they weren't home, and so that was good... but some other structure within the field got burned and taken out. - Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense
The eruption so far has claimed 37 structures, 27 of those homes. The families who live there losing everything.
With most neighborhoods around the eruption still evacuated, nearby community centers are serving as shelters for people and pets. Anxious residents waiting to get a chance to see if their homes are damaged or destroyed.
It's almost like your life is on hold. It's not like it's a hurricane where you think, ok, in three days it'll be here and go, or a forest fire. This is almost like a slow motion train wreck. - John Davidson, Evacuated Puna Resident
And geologists warn that additional steam blasts are possible at Kilauea's summit, as the lava lake in the Halemaumau crater drops below the water table, allowed steam pressure to build. An eruption there could send large boulders flying miles away, forcing the Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park to remain closed for the foreseeable future.