Hawaii Fires Keep Burning


Geraldo Salcedo, Reporter

State officials report that lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano shows no sign of slowing down. The number of homes destroyed in the disaster rose to 26 on Sunday night and thousands of residents were forced to evacuate.

This event follows the volcano’s eruption last Thursday which caused a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked the island the day after the eruption.

Talmadge Magno, Hawaii’s civil defense administrator informed, “We had some pauses [of lava] yesterday, but there’s a lot of magma underground.”

Magno also informed that the eruption caused high levels of sulfur dioxide in the “red zone,” which is the region most affected or likely to be affected by the eruption. These particles cause irritation in a person’s nose, throat, and skin problems, and can exacerbate asthma and other lung conditions.

Thus far, mandatory evacuations have been the sole solution to the issue, as officials cannot do much to stop the volcano’s lava flow.