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Lava takes out not only homes, but native Hawaiian vegetation

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HONOLULU (KITV) -

Since the start of the eruptions back on May 3rd 700 homes have been destroyed, that does not include the changes in vegetation.

Two of Hawaii's endangered plants in lower Puna are almost all destroyed.  

The Department of Land and Natural Resources reports large populations of the Nanawale ha'iwale, and Hilo ischaeumum  are covered by lava in the Malama Ki Forest Reserve.

Work is being done to try and salvage the other native plants and save them from extinction.

A new time lapse video recently released from USGS shows changes to the summit caldera floor from June 13th through July 7th. You can see the floor of the summit dropping over just those few weeks.

The shift in lava pressure causes for the floor to change over time, with collapses and explosions taking place every 24 to 32 hours. 

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