Entire Hawaii neighborhood vanishes as lava gushes in

Hannah Rogers
June 7, 2018

"We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost last night", Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii county, said Tuesday.

Another three-dozen homes were confirmed destroyed at the weekend when a large lava stream creeping 6 miles across the landscape reached the far eastern edge of the Big Island, pouring into the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

At least 117 homes have already been taken by lava in the Lanipuna Gardens and Leilani Estates neighborhoods where lava surfaced more than a month ago. These were vacation homes and rentals, as well as primary residences. As the lava enters the cool ocean a new delta is forming in Kapoho Bay, the actual boundaries of the island are transforming as they film.

USGS says lava flowing from fissure 8 has covered all but the northern tip of Kapoho Beach lots and coastline of Vacationland.

410 people are staying at county shelters. When the super hot lava hits the ocean it produces a chemical reaction that produces a blend of hydrochloric acid, steam, and tiny particles of glass.

According to Snyder, a number of drone operators have been cited for violating the temporary flight restriction area over lava flows. "It's hard because obviously a lot of people have lost a lot more than just a attractive place to visit and memories".

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Hawaii's exploding Kilauea volcano is now erupting huge balls of lava which are shooting into the sky before falling down to the sea.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home.

And the lava keeps spewing, swallowing homes and igniting fears of more destruction to come.

Residents in the nearby areas should also be prepared to evacuate with little notice, officials said.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported high levels of natural disaster activity were near Kilauea's summit late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, including a magnitude-5.5 quake at 4:32 a.m., which produced a plume of lava 1,000 feet above the summit. The homes lost in the Kapoho lava flow are not a part of the county's official tally of 130.

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