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Hawaii volcano update: How much of Hawaii is covered in lava?
HAWAII'S volcano Kilauea has been erupting no-stop for more than a month now. And with no sign of stopping, much of Hawaii’s Big Island has been submerged by lava flow.
Kilauea volcano has been erupting viciously since May 3 and has now spewed 250 million cubic metres of lava.
That is enough lava to fill 100,000 olympic swimming pools, filling a new one every 25 seconds.
The lava now covers 61,000 acres of land on Big Island.
The constant stream of red matter has meant that a new outcrop of land has been created, which is to become a part of Hawaii’s National Park.
Hawaii’s Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian island chain, and is a total of 2,577,920 acres, now growing because of the continuous lava flow.
This puts Kilauea’s lava coverage at 4.2percent of the whole island.
The outcrop of land created by the eruption currently juts out into the ocean by almost one mile.
In comparison, the last eruption from Kilauea in 1960 added a further two square kilometres to the land.
Hawaii's Kilauea eruption has continued for more than a month now, how much lava covers the island?
New land from the Kilauea eruption will belong to the volcano national park
Has Kilauea submerged Hawaii in lava before?
Kilauea is Big Island’s most active volcano and it has been for at least the last 35 years.
The last time Kilauea erupted was alongside sister volcano Mauna Loa in 1984, but an earlier eruption in 1959 was much more dramatic.
Kilauea’s Iki crater erupted from November 14 to December 20 1959, spewing 61 million cubic metres of lava.
A second one a year later let loose 113 million cubic meters of lava, and buried approximately 5.6 square kilometers of the land.
There is still no indication on when Kilauea could stop erupting
At the moment, land covered with lava has been declared ‘uninhabitable’ with farmland and homes lost unlikely to ever be recovered.
The tourism industry on Big Island has also taken a hit, as the volcano is scaring away potential tourists.
Greg VanderLann, owner of UFO Parasail in Kailua-Kona, said: “That’s the biggest chunk of our industry out here — local families are struggling right now.
“It’s just the illusion that we are in a doomsday scenario out here and we’re not."