Who Owns Hawaii's New Kapoho Peninsula Created by Kilauea's Lava?


Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano have created roughly a mile of new land.

At least 600 homes have succumbed to the lava flow since early May, according to the Hawaii County mayor, Harry Kim, and many more are still in harm's way.

Meanwhile, lava from Fissure 8 continued to creep, after inundating Kapoho Bay and decimating what could be hundreds of houses in the nearby communities of Kapoho and Vacationland.

Almost 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island have been destroyed so far by the eruption at Mount Kilauea, authorities said.

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In addition to destroying homes and other structures, lava flows have wiped out telephone and power lines, causing widespread communication outages.

HVO said the lava delta is 1.2 miles wide and added that "ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline".

While the new land is owned by the state, people that have private property in the affected areas will still own their land, although it will need to be reassessed once the lava stops flowing. The rest of the losses have occurred in the Leilani Estates area, where the toll of destruction has been steadily rising by the day. "Don't forget the farmers, don't forget the ranchers, don't forget all the employees for them".

The lava is "enough to cover Manhattan 6.5 feet deep" and fill 11.3 million average dump trucks, it said.

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U.S. Geological Survey scientist have been using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for a number of monitoring missions for the current Kilauea eruption.

So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's Hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcanic goddess of Hawaiian myth.

The latest eruption began early Tuesday morning and was so powerful that it spewed ash almost a mile into the air and sparked a 5.5 magnitude quake, scientists say.

It has forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant that normally provides about a quarter of the island's electricity.

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