Some people evacuated by Hawaii lava go home

Lava erupts in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii U.S

The federal agency also reported a new 5.3 magnitude quake at 02:52 pm BST that had Kilauea unleash yet another plume of ash and smoke from its summit.

Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island, first started erupting on May 3, resulting in lava oozing over residential communities and heading towards the Pacific Ocean.

Kilauea's eruption is its most destructive in modern times, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said.

Bob Fenton, FEMA administrator for the region, said assessments are taking place to determine if renters and homeowners will be eligible for individual FEMA assistance, which would offer payouts averaging $4,000 and maxing out at $34,000.

Fenton said he was "amazed at the amount of devastation" he has seen and that it is "going to take a whole community effort" to help in the recovery, KGMB reports. Some areas have been covered up to 20 feet deep.

Hawaii County Civil Defense agency officials are allowing residents with official credentials to enter Leilani Estates.

USGS warned that lava flows from Fissure 8 remains a major concern as it channels along the south-east end of Big Island, turning into a corrosive cloud of muriatic acid and small glass particles as it hits the sea. A fissure is shooting fountains of lava into the air, which is flowing to the ocean.

Because tradewind conditions returned, vog was projected to carry to the south and west sides of the island, while plumes of noxious gas coming out of the ocean around the new Kapoho coastline were pushing those emissions south, farther out over the ocean. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water.

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