Hundreds of homes destroyed by volcano lava in Hawaii

07 June, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Carlos George
  • Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

"We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland last night", said Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County on the Big Island.

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was threatened.

So far, the recent eruptions have destroyed at least 117 homes on the Big Island, the AP reports. The lava pushed into beach lots in Kapoho, which has about 350 homes and Vacationland, which has about 150.

No injuries were reported in the area, which had previously been evacuated. He said the area is a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

Officials are still working to get an accurate count of damaged structures, but a flight by the U.S. Geological Survey shows blackened lava inundating a section of coastline that was once covered with lush forest and dotted by homes.

The river of lava is emanating from a gushing fissure miles away, on the flanks of the Kilauea volcano in the Leilani Estates neighborhood.

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Lava threatens homes on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018.

"What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean", the civil defense spokesman said. To the north of the former visitor Overlook parking area (closed in 2008) is the site of the former lava lake-now a deep hole piled with wall-rock rubble.

Kilauea's current upheaval comes on the heels of an eruption cycle that began in 1983 and had continued almost nonstop for 35 years, destroying more than 200 homes.

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

Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities also warned about laze, a nasty mashup of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air. Mesmerizing video captured by a US Geological Survey helicopter shows the shallow bay rapidly filling in with cooling lava. She said it would be some time before precise losses were confirmed.

"God only knows what it's going to do next", Johnson said. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava flows across a highway on the outskirts of Pahoa.

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