Trump approves financial aid for Hawaii lava damage


"Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high", the Civil Defense Agency said.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a small explosion occurred at 3:19 a.m. and produced a lava plume which rose 6,000 feet above sea level.

Gov. David Ige says Trump approved the request for individual assistance on Thursday.

The latest volcanic eruption also stands as the most destructive in the United States since at least the cataclysmic 1980 explosion of Mount St. Helens in Washington state that reduced hundreds of square miles to wasteland. There, residents who lost their homes or property could register with FEMA, and the agency could begin the review process necessary for giving assistance.

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A 5.3 quake struck Hawaii's Kilauea summit Friday afternoon, the latest in a series of increased seismic activity overnight Thursday into Friday.

"The summit explosion produced an quake with a magnitude of 5.4", the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) said. Experts expect heavier vog, or volcanic smog, to blanket the interior and southern parts of the Big Island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Residents have even reported green gems falling from the sky.

In other economic impacts, the report cited losses of almost $37 million in vacation rentals and $14 million from agriculture, including half of the state's entire cut-flower industry and 80 percent of its papaya crop.