In the territory of the United States, the Kilauea volcano is worth highlighting, a shield volcano, characteristic of volcanoes with Hawaiian-type eruptions. It has an altitude of 1,122 meters above sea level. It sits in the southern part of the Hawaiian island of Mauna Loa, it is one of the busiest on the planet.
Hawaiian authorities continue to work to improve the situation in the area affected by the Kilauea volcano, three months after the eruption that has forced the eviction of nearly 2,500 people from their homes and businesses.
“This is an unprecedented event, on a scale that has not been seen in a Kilauea eruption in modern history. As the eruption is ongoing, the agencies must carry out response and recovery efforts simultaneously, ”explained Kelly Wooten, from the Hawaii County Civil Defense (HCCD).
So far, according to HCCD data, 720 homes have been destroyed by lava or by fires that have been motivated by moving magma, thus motivating the evacuation of about 2,500 people.
The Kilauea volcano erupted for the first time on May 3 after several days of 5.0 magnitude earthquakes in the area.
The US Geological Survey has since detected more than 49,000 earthquakes on that island, of which 2,559 have been magnitude 3 or higher on the Richter scale.
This accumulation of circumstances has motivated that tourism, key in the so-called “Aloha State”, has decreased by 80% in the affected area, Senator Ruderman pointed out.
The loss of tourism combined with the forced departure of a large number of residents from the area has created a "great void" in one of the most beautiful areas of Hawaii.