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The incredible scope of the Big Island eruptions, a disaster with no end in sight

VOLCANO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Nearly six weeks after eruptions on the Big Island started, officials are measuring the incredible scope of a disaster with no end in sight.

Here's a look at the ongoing eruptions by the numbers: 

How much lava has erupted?

Almost 30 billion gallons of lava have erupted from Kilauea since May 11, according to the governor's office.

The U.S. Geological Survey said earlier in June that fissure no. 8 alone was spewing out about 26,000 gallons of lava per second, with lava fountains currently spewing up to 150 feet in the sky.

(Source: USGS)


How much new land has the lava created?

The eruption has created at least 260 acres of new land in the Kapoho area.

The new coastline is approximately 1.3 miles in length, and the channelized flow from fissure no. 8 continues to enter the ocean at Kapoho. 

In addition, fissure 8 lava fountains continue to spew upwards of 15 stories high, creating a growing cone of cinder and spatter that's now about 130 feet tall at its highest point. 

(Source: USGS)


How much has the lava destroyed?

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim has said up to 700 homes have been destroyed in the eruptions. 

At least 455 homes have been confirmed claimed by lava, though, and 192 of those were primary residences.

But more than just houses have been lost on the east rift zone.

The county has received 28 reports of complete loss of operations from farmers, with damages totaling over $14 million.


How much land has the lava covered?

Lava now covers 9.2 square miles in Kilauea Volcano’s lower east rift zone, the USGS says.

(Source: USGS) 


How has the eruption affected the economy?

The largest tourist attraction on the Big Island is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and it's been closed since May 11.

Authorities have calculated the closure could cost the local economy about $455,000 per day.

That is about $17.3 million lost since extreme eruption activity began. The governor's office also says losses could add up to about $222 million annually when things such as tourism spending and local job losses are considered.

(Source: USGS)

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