Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii's Kilauea volcano as earthquake strikes Big Island and new resorts are threatened

Mail Online | 6/4/2018 | Debbie White For Mailonline
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A private helicopter has swooped in to pluck three people to safety after they became surrounded by fast-flowing lava.

The two men and a woman were airlifted to safety on Sunday morning as lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano threatened an isolated area where they had become trapped, the National Guard said.

Hawaii - County - Civil - Defense - Administrator

Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno said that a private helicopter contracted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a scientific agency of the US government, rescued them from Kapoho, as fast-flowing lava cut off roads.

The trio became the latest in a series of evacuations on Hawaii's Big Island, forced out by the volcano, which has been erupting since May 3.

Evacuees - Shelters - Saturday - Night - People

Nearly 400 evacuees stayed at shelters on Saturday night, including people from Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, with cell service not working in the area.

On Saturday, National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of the island, hours before lava cut off road access to the area, officials said.

Stream - Lava - Football - Fields - Highway

A stream of lava as wide as three football fields flowed over a highway near a junction at Kapoho, a seaside community rebuilt after a destructive eruption of Kilauea in 1960.

The lava flow left Kapoho and the adjacent development of Vacationland cut off from the rest of the island by road, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.

Lava - Freshwater - Lake - Water - Volcano

Lava also destroyed a freshwater lake, boiling away all of the water in it, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.

Aerial footage shows the lava blazing a path towards the Kapoho Tide Pools in Big Island. These are interconnecting tide pools, some of which are large and deep enough for swimmers and snorkelers.

Jessica - Ball - USGS - Volcanologist - Sunday

Jessica Ball, USGS volcanologist said on Sunday that lava was continuing to fountain from fissure 8, 'and is feeding a lava flow that has wrapped around the...
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