At least 26 homes destroyed in Hawaii by Kalauea volcano eruption

 

The number of houses destroyed by the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has increased to 26, according to the latest update from local authorities, who also reported that four other buildings have been devastated.

Hawaii County officials also said that the more than 1,700 people who have been evacuated since the volcano erupted last Thursday still do not know when they can return to their homes, local media said today.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper small part of those affected by the eruption have been able to return to their homes to collect pets and possessions or “essential” medicines.

Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday after several days of tremors in the area, in which several earthquakes of a magnitude of 6.9 on the open Richter scale have been recorded in the following days.

The authorities have  enabled two shelters and evacuated the residential area closest to the volcano, known as Leilani Estates.

In this residential area several cracks were opened, from which came lava and steam, according to videos and images that were published on social networks by the inhabitants of that place.

The Kilauea volcano is located in the southeast of the island of Hawaii, which at its southeast end is the largest is the archipelago and were  185,000 people live.

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