With Kilauea volcano continuing to erupt, local community helps victims

HAWAII — The sound of pounding hammers briefly drown out the continuous volcanic eruptions just a few miles away.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been exploding for 40 days, and lava flows have since swallowed more than 600 home on the Big Island.

Around 200 volunteers from Pahoa Sacred Heart Church and the surrounding community helped the Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers build temporary housing units to help victims of the volcano.

All the materials, tools and heavy machinery being used for this community project led by Hope Services Hawaii are donated.

More than 60 households have signed up for those micro-shelters. Only 20 are available for now, but another 25 more will be built on a lot nearby.

Priority will be given to the elderly and families with kids under 18.

Meanwhile, over the past 24 hours, officials warn of an ash plume or laze that’s moving towards the southwest area of the island.

This eruption, officials say, stands as the most destructive in the United States since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State.

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