Hawaii asks for US help with volcano disaster

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In this photo released by U.S. Geological Survey, a plume of ash rises from the Puu Oo vent on Hawaii’s Kilaueaa Volcano Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending lava shooting into the air in a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes. Hawaii […]

Hawaii’s governor is asking President Donald Trump to declare the state a disaster because of earthquakes and a volcanic eruption on the Big Island.
    
Gov. David Ige said Thursday the disaster is so severe that direct federal help is needed.
    
State officials estimate it will cost more than $2.9 million to protect residents over the next 30 days. The costs will skyrocket if there needs to be large-scale air and sea evacuations.
    
Two subdivisions were ordered to evacuate last week after lava oozed from cracks in the ground, burning down some two dozen homes.
    
Ige says there’s potential for a larger-scale evacuation as more fissures open. He says mass evacuation would be beyond county and state capabilities.
 

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