Some people evacuated by Hawaii lava go home

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Some people evacuated by Hawaii lava go home

A 5.3-magnitude quake accompanied the latest eruption.

Since May 3, Kilauea's lava, ash and rocks have destroyed about 600 homes, closed major highways and prompted health warnings.

Kilauea's eruption is its most destructive in modern times, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said.

Lava continued to fountain out of Fissure 8, reaching heights of about 200 feet, while Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass accumulated on the ground within Leilani Estates area. "FEMA doesn't have a magic wand to make it not happen".

Fenton said he was "amazed at the amount of devastation" he has seen and that it is "going to take a whole community effort" to help in the recovery, KGMB reports.

County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters Monday that fewer workers are needed to staff a 24-hour operations center and officials are reducing checkpoints.

There was "not a lot of change" to the lava flow, said Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS' Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Many people whose homes have been destroyed don't have insurance, and FEMA officials are working with local authorities to get disaster assistance to those who qualify. "The lava flow is contained within a channel flowing to the ocean with only minor outflows".

A small explosion on the summit of Kilauea volcano has triggered an natural disaster but there are no reports of damage. Ash expelled from the Kilauea volcano may cause poor visibility and slippery conditions for drivers. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water.

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