By Michael Scott
The horrifying images show the consequences of a big volcano eruption, where over 700 homes were lost and about 2000 people displaced and how the locals’ life has changed, on its one year anniversary.
The eruption took place in May 2018, in Kilauea, Hawaii, USA and destroyed about 700 homes, covered 9000 acres of land and created approximately 875 acres of new coastline.
Joseph Anthony, a photographer from Hong Kong captured the images and described the locals’ reaction to the erupted volcano.
Joseph said: “There were some areas where the lava spared the properties but isolated them so they cannot be accessed.
“I was there for the first days they began to cut through the lava, and it was an amazing sight.
“The lava there is well over 30 feet thick-this area on the coastline used to be a jetty for boat launches but some of the lava from further up the coast that went into the ocean was carried by the waves to Pohoiki and was dumped there as finer black sand creating three brand new sections of beach.
“In terms of how people felt, it was a combination of outright fear at the scale of the event the longer it went on and the more vast it became, anger, sadness and resignation.
“The repair work needed has depended on how close to the lava their homes were-for some it was relatively simple tidy up for others they needed to put much more work into cleaning up the tephra fallout and fine strands of hair on their roofs and around their property.
“A year later many are still trying to get their homes repaired and getting basic utilities operating once again and they still find it hard come to terms with the enormity of the event.
“People of Hawai have learned the hard way just how reliant their economy was on the presence of active lava.
“Although Kilauea is still considered an active volcano and will one day erupt again, it might not happen in our lifetimes.
“I think everyone involved has come to realise that recent history is not indication of the future when it comes to volcanoes.
“They will do what they are going to do and there isn’t much you can do about it if you choose to live on an island with an active volcano. “