On May 3rd, 2018, the ground opened up in the Leilani Subdivision, about 35 miles east of Volcano Village, and began to erupt lava. The area was evacuated, and the eruption eventually wiped out over 700 homes and left about 2,000 residents homeless and landless. Whole neighborhoods were obliterated and the coastline was radically changed and extended. Several vents would eventually open up along the Lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea, which is a long fault that runs from the summit of the volcano to the sea and even beyond that, as the bulk of Kīlaua is mostly underwater. Rift Zones are common places for eruptions to occur. When the eruption ended, in August, the Puna District rallied to revitalize its economy.