Lava Claims 'Hundreds' More Homes on Hawaii's Big Island, Officials Say

HOLLYN JOHNSON  Tribune-Herald Lava from fissure No. 8 oozes toward Kapoho Bay on Sunday in lower Puna. Special thanks to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator, said there were at least 350 homes at Kapoho Beach Lots and 140 in Vacationland.

The county managing director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened.

Kīlauea Volcano's current eruption centered in Leilani Estates on the Big Island of Hawai'i has destroyed almost 200 homes over the past day and a half. The USGS reported that lava had inundated most of the nearby Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland subdivisions. On the left is an image from Tuesday, which shows some areas already blackened by lava.

Scientists say a morning overflight confirms that lava has completely filled Kapoho Bay.

One finger of the lava poured into a small freshwater lake, boiling away all its water late on Saturday, while another finger spilled into Kapoho Bay on Sunday night, officials said.

The devastating flow that cut through Kapoho can all be sourced back to fissure no. 8, which has been creating fountains of lava for 12 days straight.

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

On Tuesday, a huge river of lava wiped out a neighborhood and filled Kapoho Bay.

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Barbara McDaniel, a retiree who moved with her husband to Vacationland from Washington state five years ago, said they fled as soon as evacuations began, taking little else but their dog and cat with them. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava flows into the Pacific Ocean.

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

Kathy Emery, who evacuated from her 5-acre farm in Kapoho, said she doesn't know if she has a home to go back to.

The lava flow has covered about 7.7 square miles of the island, according to the USGS.

The flow, which is a half-mile wide in parts, entered the sea Sunday night, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense, sending large plumes of "laze" - a unsafe mix of steam, gas and volcanic glass - into the air.

She reminisced about taking her daughter to swim in the ocean for the first time in a local swimming spot known as Champagne Ponds.

No injuries were reported in relation to the lava flowing from the volcano.

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