PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) The slopes of Kilauea offer a lush rural setting and affordable land that contrasts sharply with Hawaiis more expensive real estate, but living on one of the worlds most active volcanoes comes with risks: A dozen lava vents have opened in streets of the Puna district and 35 structures have burned down.
It was difficult to immediately tell from aerial surveys how many are homes and how many are other uninhabited structures, said Wil Okabe, acting mayor of Hawaii County.
Cheryl Griffiths Leilani Estates subdivision was ordered to evacuate after lava from Kilauea volcano burst through cracks in the ground, destroying homes. But the 61-year-old did not leave.
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