Whirlwind of lava spews from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano: WATCH
Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 13:57 - In the Leilani Estates subdivision near Kilauea Volcano work crews from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory monitoring fissure 8 captured video of a whirlwind above the lava channel (see video above). The mass of rapidly swirling air drew in the hot lava, flinging it away.
The whirlwind lasted about 10 minutes, starting and stopping without warning.
An estimated 2,800 residents who have lost their homes to lava flows or were forced from their dwellings under evacuation orders since Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has said that rivers of molten rock spewed from volcanic fissures at the foot of Kilauea have engulfed roughly 600 homes. The governor's office put the number of residences destroyed at 455.
Either tally marks the greatest number of homes claimed over such a short period by Kilauea - or by any other volcano in Hawaii's modern history - far surpassing the 215 structures consumed by lava in an earlier eruption cycle that began in 1983 and continued nearly nonstop for three decades, experts say.