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Lava's Wrath: Tragedy Strikes as Kilauea Claims Car

Published January 8, 2024 at 3:59 PM
BY RYAN JOHNSON
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Mike Hale faced a tough choice when Kilauea volcano erupted, leaving his car stranded.

As he fled Leilani Estates, the molten threat devoured his Ford Mustang and a 'Star Wars' R2-D2 mailbox.

Videographer Brendan Clement documented the tragic scene, sharing the footage globally.




The lava flow, now paused, wreaked havoc on Hawaii's eastern edge, destroying homes and structures.

Governor David Y. Ige sought a disaster declaration from President Trump for aid. For Hale, the loss of the mailbox, a cherished gift from his daughter, hurt more than the car.

Despite the trauma, he found solace in surrendering to nature's force. Watch the time-lapse video capturing the moment and reflect on the resilience in the face of elemental power.

Credits: NY Times
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