Hawaii Volcano Lava Destroys Hundreds of Homes Overnight


Kim and Okabe live in Hilo, the county's seat, which is more than an hour drive from the Kapoho area.

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.

"It's incredibly saddening", Jason Hills, who makes a yearly visit, told the station.

USGS helicopter footage from Monday showed lava from one fissure entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and completely filled it, KGMB-TV reports. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava threatens homes in the Kapoho area. The area lies near the site of a seaside village buried in lava from a 1960 eruption.

Janet Snyder said Tuesday there's not an exact count, but hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.

Residents of the Puna District in East Hawai'i are reeling from this latest blow, many displaced, seeking shelter with friends, relatives, and in community facilities throughout the island.

"It's a slow-moving flow".

The number is sure to grow because assessments aren't finished, Magno said. These were vacation homes and rentals, as well as primary residences. The homes lost in the Kapoho lava flow are not a part of the county's official tally of 130.

"I'm really kind of at peace actually", he said. "I've always considered myself a tenant of Pele, so this may be my eviction notice".

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"Harry had a premonition this was going to happen", Snyder said.

"Right now, we don't have anything".

"It's a handsome blue day, but it really seems eerie up there, lots and lots of ash covering areas near Jagger Museum and the earthquakes really make things seem very unsettled", she said.

Seismic activity, meanwhile, remains very active at Kilauea. No tsunamis were generated by either natural disaster.

The location of Kapoho Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The plume had ceased by 1:30 p.m. and an aerial assessment revealed the lava appeared to have filled the lake and evaporated all the water.

Green Lake - a popular swimming spot - once reached about 200 feet deep, according to CNN affiliate KHNL/KGMB.

Vigorous eruption of lava from Kilauea's lower East Rift Zone also was reported, including lava fountaining at Fissure 8 between 130 feet and 160 feet.

Ahead of the flow, authorities urged residents in Kapoho and Vacationland to flee.