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Satellite images help tell the story of lava's destruction on Big Island

Satellite images show the scope of the disaster in lower Puna, where eruptions have raged since May 3. (Image: DigitalGlobe) Satellite images show the scope of the disaster in lower Puna, where eruptions have raged since May 3. (Image: DigitalGlobe)
PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two weeks ago Thursday, eruptions started in Kilauea's rift zone — and they haven't stopped since.

The scope of the destruction in lower Puna is historic.

Lava has claimed dozens of homes, fissures have ripped open wide gaps in roads, and thick, toxic fumes mean venturing into some communities is impossible without protective gear.

And as eruptions continue to rage on, thousands remain under mandatory evacuation orders.

New satellite images help put the scope of the destruction into focus. 

They show parts of the Leilani Estates subdivision — ground zero for the eruptions — before the first ever opened on May 3. And then they return to the same areas days later, after fissures have opened in earth, lava has soared hundreds of feet in the area and homes have been claimed.

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