Before and after satellite images show the devastation caused by Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano - as residents leave out bottles of liquor to placate the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire

Mail Online | 5/24/2017 | Emily Crane For Dailymail.com
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Before and after satellite images have captured the devastation caused by Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano - as residents start leaving out bottles of liquor to placate the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire.

The images show just how destructive the lava flow has been on Leilani Estates, the residential neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island, which was evacuated last month given its proximity to the epicenter of the volcano.

Satellite - Imagery - Area - May - Year

The satellite imagery compares the area from May 24 last year to how it appeared on Monday.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed since eruptions began 10 days ago and officials have ordered the evacuations of nearly 2,000 residents in the region.

Tuesday - Fissures - Neighborhood

As of Tuesday, 19 separate fissures had opened up in or near the neighborhood.

Residents put out bottles of alcohol on Tuesday as offerings to the Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire.

Lava - Fissure - Farmland - Towards - Dirt

Lava from a huge new fissure has already torn through farmland towards a coastal dirt road that is one of the last exit routes for some 2,000 residents in the southeast area of the Big Island.

More lava-belching cracks are expected to open among homes and countryside some 25 miles east of Kilauea's smoking summit, possibly blocking one of the last exit routes, Highway 132.

Fountains - Magma - Bombs - Feet - Air

Fountains of magma spouted 'lava bombs' more than 100 feet into the air as the molten rock traveled east-southeast towards the coastal road - Highway 137 - the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Mass evacuations would be triggered if either highway is hit by lava, according to Hawaii National Guard spokesman Jeff Hickman.

Lot - Scenarios - Roads - Hickman - Highway

'There's a lot of worst-case scenarios and roads getting blocked is one of them,' said Hickman, standing on Highway 137, in the potential path of the lava flow, some two miles away.

It comes as webcams placed near the edge of the Kilauea volcano, which have been refreshing every few...
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