‘This is heartbreaking’: More than two dozen homes lost to lava in Puna

  • Lava vent 7 was active for several hours on Saturday. At the peak of its activity, large bubble bursts occurred at one spot (lower left) in the fissure while spattering was present in other portions. (USGS photo)
  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers screen vehicles turning right from Pahoa Village Road onto Highway 130 toward Leilani Estates and Kalapana Sunday morning.
  • USGS photo U.S. Geological Survey scientists monitoring the eruption in Leilani Estates walk past spatter on Sunday afternoon that erupted from fissure 5-6 on Leilani Avenue.
  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Lanipuna Gardens farmer Cherie McArthur and her dog, Buster, sit on the tailgate of a truck Sunday morning outside Pahoa Community Center.
  • Screen grab/U.S. Geological Survey video Lava moves down Makamae Street on Sunday morning in Leilani Estates.
  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald A line of vehicles coming from the Pahoa Bypass wait in line Sunday morning at the National Guard checkpoint at the intersection of Highways 130 and 132 by Pahoa High and Intermediate School.
  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald A long line of vehicles on Highway 132 await directions by Hawaii Army National Guardsmen Sunday morning at a checkpoint at the intersection of Highway 130 by Pahoa High and Intermediate School.
  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald A long line of vehicles on Pahoa Village Road snake past Pahoa High and Intermediate School on Sunday morning, awaiting clearance by Hawaii Army National Guard personnel at the intersection of Highways 130 and 132.

After what appeared like a brief reprieve from a volcanic eruption on Saturday, Kilauea volcano came roaring back with a vengeance overnight Saturday and through Sunday, spewing lava from multiple fissures in Leilani Estates.