Images show Hawaii's Big Island before and after volcanic eruptions

In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a lava flow emerges from a new fissure just over a half mile northeast of the end of Hinalo Street as a result of Kilauea volcano activity on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 13, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii. The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano’s Halemaumau crater ‘has raised the potential for explosive eruptions’ at the volcano. (Photo by USGS via Getty Images)

People on Hawaii’s largest island are bracing for more destruction as lava continues to erupt from cracks on the island’s east side including several new fissures reported on May 13 and 14.

The newest active fissure, reported by the U.S. Geological Survey on May 14, brings the total to 19 since an earthquake struck near the Kilauea volcano on May 4.

The USGS warned residents in the area on May 14 to pay close attention to new warnings and alerts, since conditions around volcanos can change quickly. And Hawaii County Civil Defense said an “unidentified structure” was destroyed by the new fissure, bringing the total number of homes and other buildings lost to the lava to nearly 40. 


Meanwhile, local media reports the number of people seeking shelter at two Hawaii Red Cross locations in the area has risen significantly, from a total of 180 on May 11 to 509 on May 14.

Drag the sliders in the images below to see how much damage Hawaii’s Kilauea Eruption has caused on the state’s Big Island so far.