People airlifted away from relentless lava flow in Hawaii

Lava sends up clouds of steam and toxic gases when it hits the Pacific Ocean as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle

AP Lava sends up clouds of steam and toxic gases when it hits the Pacific Ocean as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle

Stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Three people were airlifted out of an isolated area on Sunday in the Kapoho community. "Period", county spokeswoman Janet Snyder told reporters. Officials had previously been updating the number of structures burned because it was hard to tell from aerial surveys which were homes or other buildings.

According to Discover, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was able to guide first responders via drone to rescue a Hawaiian man whose home was on the verge of being engulfed by lava from the Kilauea volcano.

Sen. Kai Kahele, also a major in the Hawaii Air National Guard, said he was anxious for the people who rejected evacuation orders and stayed behind in the Kapoho, Vacationland and Leilani Estates communities. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

Scientists said a laze plume was blowing inland from the ocean entry but dissipating quickly.

The USGS declared: "Even the wispy edges of it can cause skin and eye irritation and breathing difficulties". Officials say birds and wildlife are OK in areas upwind of the lava flow. A thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows on Sunday, June 3 as the flow from Fissure 8 continues to advance towards the ocean in Kapoho Bay. "Persons in violation of this order are subject to arrest and will be liable for any costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area". He faces charges that include refusing to evacuate and reckless driving.

"We put out a message this morning for folks who knew people that were still in there to make contact with us", said Magno, adding that there was no longer cell phone or landline service in the evacuation zones.

Darryl Sumiki, 52, of Hilo, watches as lava lights up the sky above Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

Wild fires, ignited by lava flows, have also damaged at least 200 acres of Malama Ki. "This is something most of us will never see in our lifetime", he said.

The strong natural disaster fortunately did not trigger a tsunami even as lava continues to bubble from the volcano. It's not known when the heavily visited Kilauea section of the park will reopen.

On Monday, civil defense reported a total of 117 homes and other structures destroyed across the island's larger lava-stricken region, as the eruption from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, continued through its 33rd day.

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