Lapse Hawaii Eruption Footage Shows Lava Devouring Cars and Homes

Blanche Robertson
May 10, 2018

Other volcanic eruptions have had deadlier impacts.

The patches of yellow mark hot areas-the leftmost is Kilauea's summit, the middle patch is the Pu'u 'Ō'ō crater where Kilauea had been erupting for more than three decades. Those vents prompted Hawaii County to issue a cellphone alert ordering stragglers in Lanipuna Gardens to leave immediately.

In addition to the lava and volcanic ash spewing out of the ground, officials have warned of risky levels of sulfur dioxide gas.

Shocking footage from Hawaii's Big Island shows lava from the Kilauea eruption devastating streets, cars and structures as the molten rock continues to spew and leak from the volcano.

Some ignored the order and stayed to watch over their property.

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The images were taken before two new vents opened up Tuesday on Hawaii's Big Island.

Though the lava flow has subsided, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is warning that toxic fumes remained a danger, and due to winds, could spread as far as 60 miles around the island, USA Today reported.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige told evacuees he has called the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tell officials that he believes the state will need help to deal with the volcano on the Big Island.

Earthquakes are being recorded at a pace of once per hour and lava flows from fissures from the Kilauea eruption have destroyed over 30 homes. That sulfur dioxide mixes with gases like carbon dioxide and water to produce volcanic smog, or vog.

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