Some island businesses ‘hammered’ by the eruption; total impact to be determined


Fissure 8 fountains reached heights up to 160 feet overnight Monday. Lava fragments falling from the fountains are building a cinder-and-spatter cone around the vent, with the highest part of the cone (about 125 feet high) on the downwind side. This image was captured about 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The south side of the ocean entry was most active Tuesday, with many small streams of lava and corresponding steam plumes spread along a fairly broad section of the southern part of the delta. (USGS/COURTESY PHOTO)

HILO — With scores of businesses around the island impacted by the Kilauea eruption, county, state and federal agencies are investigating ways to help struggling employers and employees alike.