New drone footage gives a glimpse of the damage that parts of Hawaii's Big Island sustained in the wake of volcanic explosions in recent days. Smoke can be seen billowing off the lavas it creeps down roads and through wooded areas toward homes. Fires are visible with terrifying streams of brightness breaking through the surrounding areas of black. After a day of relative calm, Kilauea roared back in full force on Sunday, spewing lava 300 feet in the air, encroaching on a half mile of new ground and bringing the total number of destroyed structures to 35. There have been 1 ,800 residents evacuated from their homes in neighborhoods where cracks have been opening and spilling lava. In evacuated areas with relatively low sulfur dioxide levels,residents were allowed to return home for a few hours to collect belongings on Sundayand Monday. Officials said those residents-- a little more than half of the evacuees were allowed to return briefly, and said they would continue to allow residentsin if it could be done safely.
"Things got pretty active" official said at a Saturday press conference. "The eight vents were pretty active, to the point where lava was spewing and the flow started spreading so we got additional damage out there. l'm not sure what the count is, but we thought it was just continue to go. Fortunately, seismicityhas kinda laid down and the vents have gone quiet now." But officials had cautioned that while the lava flow was quiet, it wouldn't be for long. "More vents could open up, the existing ones could get active again, which probably will happen after seeing whathappened this morning," "There's a lot of lava or magma under the ground so eventually it's going to come up."The island was also rocked by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday, which caused landslides near the coast, but minimal structural damage. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said Sunday the island had experienced more than 500 earthquakes-- 13 with a magnitude greater than 4.0 -- in the 24hours following the 6.9-magnitude quake.The concern for residents continues to bethe lava and gas emitted from vents,though. "This is lava, that is definitely destroying people's homes -- we don't have an exact count -- but it is a devastating situation andit's going to be everyday that it goes on,"Hawaii County head said Saturday. "there's no way we could've predicted this."