Before-and-After Satellite Images Show Damage Caused By Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

Chris Dolce
Published: May 16, 2018

Eruptive fissures from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano have been spreading lava through parts of Leilani Estates near Pahoa since the start of May. The lava has destroyed homes, charred trees and taken out roads in the community.

New satellite images provided to the Associated Press by DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, show how the lava has affected the community as of Monday in comparison to satellite images from nearly a year ago.

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In this first image, you can see homes, vegetation and roads destroyed by Kilauea's lava.

Before and after satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show an area by the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 24, 2017 compared to May 14, 2018. (Satellite Image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)

This next comparison is a wider view of how the lava has affected the community.

Before and after satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show an area by the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 24, 2017 compared to May 14, 2018. (Satellite Image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)

Buildings, trees and a street are taken out by the lava in this close-up.

Before and after satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show an area by the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 24, 2017 compared to May 14, 2018. (Satellite Image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)

An expansive lava field is seen on the right side of this "after" image.

Before and after satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show an area by the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 24, 2017 compared to May 14, 2018. (Satellite Image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)

The arrows highlight a lava field that has taken over vegetation.

Before and after satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show an area by the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 24, 2017 compared to May 14, 2018. (Satellite Image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP)


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