31 Homes Destroyed As Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruptions Continue On Day 4 [WATCH]

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| May 7 , 2018 , 10:32 IST

A total of 31 homes have been destroyed by the Kilauea volcano in US's island state of Hawaii, as it continued to spew lava for the 4th day on Monday after it began eruptions on May 3.

Hawaii officials reported that the destroyed homes were located in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where 1,700 residents were evacuated on May 3 soon after the Kilauea volcano eruptions began.

Scientists reported that the lava spewed more than 200 feet (61 meters) into the air.

Molten rock, toxic gas and steam bursting through openings in the ground caused by the volcano resulted in the damage to the 31 homes, and the number may likely increase. So far the lava has reportedly spread nearly 387,500 square feet (36,000 square meters) around the most active fissure, but the rate of movement is slow.

“There’s more magma in the system to be erupted. As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue,” U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall said.

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According to geologists, the Kilauea volcano is likely to release more lava through more vents as overnight, the number of lava-venting fissures increased from 8 to 10. However, the lava may eventually be channelled to one powerful vent letting the others go dormant as has happened in previous volcano eruptions in Hawaii, Stovall said.

One of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983. In mid-April, the USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a notice that there were signs of pressure building in underground magma and that a new vent could form along the East Rift Zone.

On April 30 the crater floor began to collapse, triggering earthquakes including a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hitting the island on May 4, the largest earthquake in Hawaii in more than 40 years.