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Hawaii lava destroys 2 oceanfront communities

Hawaii lava destroys 2 oceanfront communities

PAHOA, Hawaii-A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday.

The official said aerial surveillance of the area showed only the northern portion of Kapoho Beach and the southernmost "sliver" of Vacationland - the latter consisting of only about half a dozen homes - were left unscathed.

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time).

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was threatened. He said the area is a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

Incredible footage shows colossal steam clouds rising from the ocean in Hawaii after lava flows from the Kilauea volcano entered the sea at Kapoho Bay.

Officials with the US Geological Survey said today that the entire neighbourhood of Vacationland, on the Big Island of Hawaii, has been covered by lava, and the nearby Kapoho subdivision has only a few structures remaining. Hundreds are now staying in emergency shelters. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava flows into the Pacific Ocean.

June 5, 2018 Lava Torches Hundreds of Homes from Mick Kalber on Vimeo.

Lava from the volcano has reportedly flowed downhill and into the largest body of water on the island, Green Lake.

"I just locked my doors and walked away", 28-year Vacationland resident Betty Oberman said.

Carolyn Boudreault, a Kapoho resident who is now staying in Boston with her family, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the bay was a treasured place.

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

On May 4, a 6.9-magnitude quake was centered near the south flank of Kilauea one hour after a 5.4-magnitude natural disaster struck nearby, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.

"Nobody knows what comes next as far as the lava goes", Snyder told The Washington Post. "It's a handsome spot", she said Monday. The homes lost in the Kapoho lava flow are not a part of the county's official tally of 130.


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