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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 11, 2018 18 . This is one of the "after" views of Leilani Estates taken May 14. Some homes in the area have This is a view of Fissure 8 as it spews lava and gases into the environment. The duPonts' houses survived, but they're inaccessible. Photos submitted were located in the smoking area in the upper right of the photo. Victoria Metcalf area, but things seemed fme. DuPont said that he evena lot of it. Yet, it was the vents opened up and more Kapoho area," according'to Assistant Editor A few cracks, one 3 inches felt secure enough to cancel noise the gases made as they lava poured into the area. In the Star Advertiser, a vmetcalf@plurnasnews.com wide, opened up in the his volcano insurance two escaped the earth that wasfact, one opened up rightHonolulu newspaper. Leilani Estates years earlier. He said almost unbearable. "It wasunder the duPonts' original With his son Dane, If one former Quincy neighborhoods. They hadn't premiums seemed to triple like standing right next to rental house. The lava Lorraine and John Cullen, resident could describe been particularly concerned, and there was a long list of two jet engines that are very, destroyed that house and Arlene Beer and others Hawaii's Kilauea volcano Looking at topographical things the insurance very loud -- like they were spread across the street and originally from Quincy in the experience, it would be like maps, they seemed safe, but wouldn't cover. It didn't seem revving up for takeoff." destroyed the neighbors' area, duPont said they would visiting hell. their evening plans came to to be worth it. An estimated He also said that during home. venture into the area for a Rick and Gayle duPont own an immediate halt. 50 percent of those in the area this time, there were a lot of At first, they were seeing few hours to help get the two former rental properties In a text sent from a friend, didn't have it either, he said. low-flying helicopters in the small amounts of lava, "like a most important things out. right in Leilani Estates duPont learned that lava was "It was a bad decision on area. The noise from the dump truck worth." Others included Ron and subdivision, one of the areas flowing one street over from my part," he added, gases escaping was so loudIt seemed more confined at Sharon Carter and Steve first hit as Hawaii's Big their rentals. His son Dane Initially, duPont said they they couldn't hear the first, but then another 24 Holland. Island's shield volcano was in the estates, and so thought they weren't in aircraft, vents opened up. Beer was invited to move erupted, were the homes of friends, imminent danger, with the The fumes were also "[Hawaii] County of mialsinto the duPonts' basement, To date, both of their rental including other Quincy disruption seen as more of an unpleasant, he added, said the Leilani Estates but there wasn't room for her homes are gone, the land residents, inconvenience. "This oneAs the gases were released, eruption has now destroyed furniture. And that was the covered by some 30 feet of People within the area turned out to be different." the lush greenery of the 77 homes, and on Thursday it case with many people, lava. Their own home, were warned to prepare toBy May 3, a magnitude 5 landscape, including had reached to within 1.9according to duPont. located a safer 11 miles away, evacuate, quake hit the area and things neighborhood yards, turnedmiles of the coastal Highway is still fine. This was an area not began to get ugly. brown. 137, which is the last normally affected by Kilauea, Everyone had already On the second day, more evacuation route out of the See Lava, page 12B duPont said. When the gathered his or her important :- ~ : : subdivision was first papers together, duPont said. approved in the 1940s, And things became worse. planners weren't concernedLarger cracks began to be about Kllauea's activities, created in the area. Sulfur Lava flows, even in more dioxide was being released recent years, meaning 1955into the air. DuPont said that and 1960, had gone around the gases aren't dangerous the area. unless a person is exposed to Early:May "Gayle and I were on our way to dinner with some friends," duPont said recently. They were planning to see a play afterwards. Just three days before there had been some 3 and 4 magnitude quakes in the rt weigh in on possibility Victoria Metcalf Assistant Editor vmetcalf@plumasnews.com It's not a matter of if the area around Lassen Volcanic Center will erupt in the future, but when. That's according to Dr. Michael Clynne, research geologist, and the most knowledgeable scientist on the Lassen Volcanic National Park area. "I'm the point person," he said in a recent interview. That doesn't mean Clynne is encouraging residents to pack their bags or plan evacuation routes immediately. Although volcanic activity is somewhat unpredictable, scientists who watch volcanoes distinguish between earth time and human time. What could mean soon in earth time might be 1,000 years, a long time in terms of the human race. New interest in potential activity at some of the Pacific coastal states' volcanoes arose with the continuing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano and more recent eruptions at the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala. Three California volcanoes, including Mt. Shasta and Lassen Peak (also known as Mt. Lassen), and Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth, are listed at very high threat potential, according to scientists at the California Volcano Observatory (CalVO) in San Jose. CalVO is part of the Research geologist Michael Clynne knows more about the Lassen Volcanic Complex than anyone else. He's studied the area as part of his research during the last 40 years. This is Clynne taken a few years ago in the Lassen Peak area. Photo by the U.S. Geological Survey U.S. Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program, where Clynne is based. These three volcanoes are part of an 800-mile stretch of the West Coast, including California, which contains 13 volcanoes. The most recent to erupt in this chain is Mount St. Helens in 1980. Lassen Peak was the next most recent, when it erupted approximately 100 years ago. "Lassen Peak is the largest and youngest of a group of more than 30 volcanoes that have erupted in the Lassen Peak area over the past 300,000 years," according to the web site Volcano Discovery. Before its eruption, Lassen Peak was dormant for 27,000 years. "The total volume of the 1915 eruptions was tiny compared to a major eruption like that of Mount St. Helens in 1980," according to the USGS on See Lassen, page 8B ! )