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Losses are mounting in the hundreds of millions of dollars as Kilauea pushes molten lava through neighborhoods.
Twenty fissures have opened since the Kilauea volcano began erupting 12 days ago, destroying nearly two dozen homes.
Diverting a lava flow is not as easy as some people — including then-Lt. Col. George Patton — once thought.
Affordable housing in the fast-growing Puna area comes with a big risk — several communities have been wiped out by earlier lava flows.
Photos from Honolulu Civil Beat’s Anthony Quintano offer a look at the spectacle of lava and steam as new volcanic fissures open up.
In total, there have now been 18 lava outbreaks, destroying at least two dozen homes and prompting evacuation orders for 2,000 residents.
Scientists said internal conditions at Kilauea are changing in a way that could lead to an explosive eruption.
The state expects to spend $3 million to protect residents during the next month.
Lava flows from Kilauea, one of the earth’s most active volcanos, have already destroyed 36 structures in the Puna District of the Big Island.