County spending for lava response tops $5 million

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY photo Lava in the fissure 8 channel is now crusted over. Fissure 8 and other inactive fissures are steaming in the background, a common sight during early morning overflights (cooler air temperature results in more condensation, making steam more visible).

Hawaii County has spent $5.1 million responding to the Kilauea eruption in the past three months.