Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Hawaii volcano: Seaside neighbourhoods engulfed by lava in just two days

Hawaii volcano: Seaside neighbourhoods engulfed by lava in just two days

Lava from the Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes on the Big Island overnight.

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

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

This satellite image provided by Digital Globe captured on Saturday, shows advancing lava flows on Hawaii as they approach Kapoho Bay and the Vacationland residential neighbourhood.

Late Tuesday, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said persistent lava fountaining at Fissure 8 was reaching heights of 150 feet to 180 feet.

410 people are staying at county shelters.

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Plumes of white steam and hydrochloric acid fumes, a vaporous, corrosive mix formed from lava reacting with seawater as it enters the ocean, could be seen rising from a distance.

"I left a lot of things behind because I didn't want to feel as if I was abandoning my home", Rahmer said.

"Destruction from the flow is just off the scale", said Ikaika Marzo, 34, a tour operator on the Big Island who has gained a large following on social media by meticulously documenting Kilauea's eruption.

According to Snyder, a number of drone operators have been cited for violating the temporary flight restriction area over lava flows. She noted that does not count the homes lost at Kapoho, since those have to be verified by drone overflight and comparison with tax department maps, and that hundreds more still need to be counted. About 80 of those were destroyed in the Leilani Estates community, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3 downhill from the volcano's eastern flank. Okabe estimated there are several hundred homes in each of the two subdivisions.

Those who live or vacation in the area were mourning the loss of popular tide-pools where kids enjoyed swimming. "And I don't know what to do", she said.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency was putting the confirmed number of buildings lost to the current eruption at 117 on Monday, mostly residential properties.

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