MAUNA LOA, Hawaii – A former Vancouver resident says her small Hawaiian community has been traumatized by recent volcanic activity.
Eliah Halpenny and her husband own a tea farm near the Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing molten lava that has destroyed more than two dozen homes and forced about 2,000 people to flee.
Halpenny says they climbed on to their roof last Thursday to watch as thick black and red smoke billowed from the crater before lava began to flow.
She says their farm is about 25 kilometres away from a neighbourhood that has been covered with molten rock and toxic gas, and while she hasn’t witnessed the destruction, she has seen smoke rising from the area.
The volcanic eruption also set off hundreds of earthquakes, including a magnitude-6.9 quake on Friday that Halpenny says sent various items crashing down around her home and left many people shaken.
She says she’s lived through earthquakes before but the current volcanic eruption has been “terrifying.”
— With files from The Associated Press