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Satellite images show effects of volcano's latest explosion on Hawaii's Big Island

Satellite images show effects of volcano's latest explosion on Hawaii's Big Island

Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created almost a mile of new land.

Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed a memorandum of understanding furnishing millions of dollars in state disaster relief to the island. The money covers overtime pay for police, fire, public works and civil defense personnel. The money will also help with equipment needed for evacuations and rebuilding.

"I don't think any of us knew it would get to this point", Ige said.

Civil Defense spokeswoman Janet Snyder said estimates to fix roads are about $5 million per mile.

"Our responsibility is to try to work with the community to rebuild out of harm's way", Kim said.

Frequent earthquakes, mostly of relatively small magnitude but numbering in the thousands, have persisted throughout the eruption, adding to the jitters of residents living closest to the volcano. About 100 structures had been destroyed before the latest eruption, but about 500 homes in the communities of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were in the direct path of the lava. That's on top of the losses at Leilani Estates, one of the first areas to feel the destructive power of Kilauea.




He added that county employees have been working round-the-clock for nearly 40 days.

Scientists working with the US Geological Survey said that lava flow in Hawaii is still active and there's no way out find out when the eruption will end.

A report from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory said lava "continues unabated" from Fissure 8, near the most populated area, with lava shooting as high as 200 feet.

Any new land masses that are formed by lava within the national park become federal land and any ocean entries outside the park becomes state land. The fountain of lava at fissure 8 has reached as high as 250 feet in the air.

Lava could be seen bubbling out of the volcano's valve and into a red-hot river flowing into the Pacific Ocean in helicopter video taken on Wednesday.