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Officials say lava from Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes on the Big Island overnight.
PUNA, Hawaii – Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea destroyed hundreds of homes overnight, a Hawaii County spokeswoman revealed Tuesday. The grim update came as an explosion caused the volcano to spew toxic ash and rubble nearly a mile into the air and triggered a 5.5-magnitude earthquake.
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The homes lost Monday night included Mayor Harry Kim’s house in Vacationland.
Tuesday’s early-morning quake wasn’t strong enough to set off a tsunami. It was likely caused by a buildup of pressure from the summit area of Kilauea.
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"They are a response to pressure building up beneath the pile of rubble cover the vent opening at the summit," said Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “What we're seeing is, as the pressure builds up, it will be released in what appears to be an earthquake, but no fault plane is rupturing."
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