Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys hundreds more homes

Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys hundreds more homes

Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys hundreds more homes

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018.

At least 117 homes have been destroyed in the four weeks since lava began flowing, Magno said Monday.

County Managing Director Wil Okabe says his vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots is also threatened.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated from the area and lava spewing from the volcano's fissures have destroyed more than 100 structures since the first eruption a month ago. The area is primarily home to vacation rentals, but there are a lot of permanent residences there too. A morning overflight confirmed that lava had completely filled the Bay.

The beach communities of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, some six miles downslope from the main active vent were inundated late Sunday evening.

Such a tally would put property losses from the current upheaval of Kilauea, which entered its 34th day on Tuesday, on par with the 215 structures destroyed by lava during all 35 years of the volcano's last eruption cycle, which began in 1983.

This satellite image provided by Digital Globe captured on Saturday, shows advancing lava flows on Hawaii as they approach Kapoho Bay and the Vacationland residential neighbourhood.


Lava flows have knocked out telephone and power lines, causing widespread communication outages, and forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant that normally provides about a quarter of the island's electricity.

The monthlong eruption has claimed as much as a half of a forest reserve that's home to native birds and trees that have already been declining because of disease, state officials said.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home. Helicopter footage showed risky laze (lava haze) pluming from the new coastline.

"Nobody knows what comes next as far as the lava goes", Snyder told The Washington Post.

Laze is formed when hot lava impacts with the ocean, which sends hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.

"Anything above 6.9 [magnitude] is our threshold", she said, noting that it would warn people to stay clear of the ocean in such an event.

Lava has covered a total of 8 square miles, scientists said Monday.

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