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Island of Hawaii grew during Kilueau eruption

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, during the 2018 eruption of Kilauea, lava overran 14 square miles of the island of Hawaii, or the Big Island.  The biggest eruption of Kilauea in years lasted from May to August and added as much as 180 feet of new land on top of some parts of the rift zone where the lava flowed.  Overall, the island increased in size by approximately 875 acres.  Unfortunately, over 700 homes were destroyed and thousands of people were displaced.  One of the largest freshwater lakes on the island was completely filled in by lava, and it was a drinking water source for hundreds of homes in the southeastern part of the Big Island.  FEMA will provide more than $700 million in disaster relief funds to rebuild the infrastructure in that part of the island.  Kilauea is no longer erupting, but it has significantly changed the landscape in the affected parts of the island.

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