Volcanic risk: 2020 report could be key in avoiding disaster

  • Lava zones on Hawaii Island (USGS)

  • USGS image/L. DeSmither An aerial view of Fissure 3 erupting Sunday on the Northeast Rift Zone of Mauna Loa.

  • USGS image/L. DeSmither A Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist monitors the eruption of Fissure 3 Sunday on the Northeast Rift Zone of Mauna Loa.

After the lava flows from the 2018 Kilauea eruption took out more than 700 homes and cost tens of millions of dollars in road reconstruction and land buyouts, the county spent more than $2 million on a consultant to conduct an islandwide volcanic risk assessment as well as a Kilauea recovery plan.