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Hawaii's Green Lake Dries Up as Lava Flows In

Hawaii's Green Lake Dries Up as Lava Flows In

Easternmost Fissure 8 lava flowed nto Green Lake near Pahoa, boiling away its water and sending a white plume high into the sky. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:36 AM

Hawaii's popular Green Lake dried up within days when lava flowed in from the Kilauea volcano as the eruption continued to forever change the composition of the state's Big Island.

The water in the 400-year-old lake, which reached depths of 200 feet, had all evaporated by last Saturday as lava crept into the lake's water basin, KHNL/KGMB-TV reported. Officials said pure lava now fills what was once Hawaii's largest freshwater resource.

The occurrence stunned Drew Kapp, a geography instructor at Hawaii Community College, who said some believed the basin was one of the first places Madame Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, came to visit.

"I couldn't believe it," Kapp said of the lake's destruction. "I've never even heard of anything like that happening before. It's really a culturally significant place. A lot of people think that (Madame Pele) may be returning to the place where she first came."

Hawaii News Now reported that lava had completely filled Kapoho Bay on the Big Island as it continued to swallow up homes and neighborhoods.

The bay was once a top vacation spot for local and those coming to the island.

"It's incredibly saddening," said Jason Hills, adding that his father lives on the island. "Kapoho was one of the last special places along that entire coastline. Kapoho Bay was just a little calm water gem where people could play, swim, hang out in the tide pools. It was green and beautiful, great tradewinds, and now it's just a big hunk of lava rock."

Hawaii Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno said he believe hundreds of home has been destroyed by lava but it was difficult to say how many, CNN reported.

Lava had pushed into Kapoho, which has about 350 homes and Vacationland, which has about 150.

Magno said, though, it wasn’t clear what homes there had been destroyed and what residences have been spared, CNN said.

Twenty-two fissures have appeared since May 3, when the Kilauea volcano suddenly became more active, Hawaii Public Radio reported.

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