Hawaiian Kilauea Volcano Eruption Swept Away 30 Homes: No Victims Registered Yet
May 7, 2018 17:55 By Fabiosa
Almost 2,000 citizens evacuated as a result of the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii. More than 30 homes have already been severely damaged, and new vents continue to appear, as reportedly stated by Hawaii County Civil Defense.
The volcano eruption took the Hawaiian citizens by surprise, but luckily, there have been no victims reported yet. Apart from the molten lava, the area suffered from 6.9-magnitude earthquake – the largest since 1975, as stated by the US Geological Survey.
The entire Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens communities were evacuated, which altogether made about 1,700 people. Even though the eruption peak passed on Sunday, new vents continue popping up, increasing the chance of subsequent earthquakes. Moreover, the disaster spread into the air as well – huge amounts of sulfur dioxide appeared in the result of the eruption.
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announced the levels of harmful gases could be life-threatening in case of staying in the affected area for a long time.
The locals feel devastated and broken. Families have been living in the area for decades and had to leave the place in a hurry, without real hope to return:
My wife and I have been married going on 26 years. It was pretty much our dream home that we've been looking for all this time. Just knowing that we're not going to have a house, my wife is still in tears.
People were prepared to such turn of events. Refugee camps were installed quickly to let people stay beside each other to feel secure:
I wanted to be around a lot of people. It just felt better. Volunteers there have kept evacuees safe, well-fed and have plenty of hot coffee ready in the mornings
Some residents stayed in their houses till the last breath when they saw lava coming to burn their belongings to ashes.
Now it's trying to figure out what the future brings. I'd have to start over at age 56. That's concerning.
In case of eruption
Such place is dangerous for living indeed. Even though people are aware of possible disaster, they still prefer to continue their lives in uncertainty. Luckily, in case of similar events, there is a strict action plan which people are obliged to stick to if they want to survive.
First of all, it is important to follow the evacuation instructions made by local authorities to avoid toxic gas areas, lava flows, and possible debris. Moreover, the mudflows during the eruption might move faster than you run, so it is necessary to avoid them as well. In case you are unable to reach the safe area, it is important to protect yourself from the falling ashes: All the ventilations should be closed; long-sleeved cloth is required; facemasks must be put on.
Listen to the recommendations of the local authorities regarding your situation and act according to the evacuation plans. Remember, your safety is of utmost importance, so be conscious in your actions.