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Since the Kilauea volcano erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 3rd, residents have faced an ongoing disaster. Volcanic tremors have continued to rock the island at the rate of 1 earthquake per hour. The biggest so far was a 6.9-magnitude earthquake May 4th.
21 fissures have opened and unleashed hazardous fumes and flowing lava that cannot be stopped. So far, more than 40 structures have been destroyed, including at least 26 homes. As many as 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens have been ordered to evacuate their neighborhoods, where 12 of these fissures have opened. The evacuees do not know when they will be able to return home, or even if they will be able to recognize neighborhoods now transformed by lava.
St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Kolten Wong has started the GoFundMe campaign: Hawaii Natural Disasters Relief. Wong is a Hilo native who lived only 20 minutes from the disaster area. His campaign includes a video with a personal plea for help and a promise to make sure every dollar goes toward helping the Big Island rebuild.