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VIDEO: Overflight of Volcanic Eruption in Leilani Estates Subdivision

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After all the lava drained out of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō Vent (the main vent of the 35 year long current eruption) on Monday, April 30, 2018, it moved underground down the East Rift Zone, causing hundreds of earthquakes as far away as Kapoho, some 15 miles downslope.

All week, a new eruption had been forecast: cracks appeared on roadways, as the earth began to swell.

And then, on Thursday afternoon, May 3, Pele (the Volcano Goddess) made her appearance in the lower part of Leilani Estates Subdivision.

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At first, fountains of lava shot up into the air, but within a few hours, she had settled down into a lava flow that now threatens dozens of nearby homes, and a geothermal power plant just a quarter-mile downslope.

The flow has slowed down for the time being, but will most likely re-activate or pop out again somewhere else.

“I live in the subdivision, and we are continually experiencing rolling earthquakes,” said Paradise Helicopters Videographer Mick Kalber, who shot the video of his own neighborhood being destroyed. “It ain’t over till it’s over!”

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