More Homes Destroyed as Hawaiian Volcano Continues to Erupt

HOLLYN JOHNSON  Tribune-Herald Lava flows into Green Lake on Sunday in lower Puna. Special thanks to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano destroyed "hundreds" of homes overnight, including a house belonging to the Big Island's mayor, according to a Hawaii County spokeswoman.

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

A wide, slow-moving river of lava from the Kilauea volcano has claimed hundreds of additional homes in the southeastern corner of Hawaii's Big Island, officials say, marking what could be the most destructive day of the now monthlong volcanic eruption.

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

The latest two communities affected by the lava flow had been ordered evacuated beforehand and there were no immediate reports of any casualties. He said the area is a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

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.

USGS' Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Monday that parts of the channelized flow from a fissure were starting to break out and move north.




"It's a necessary evil".

They didn't expect the lava flow to head their way.

A color infrared satellite image shows lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption encroaching a residential area in Kapoho Bay, Hawaii, on Monday.

He wants to return if lava spares his home on a ridge overlooking the ocean. It was where vacationers enjoyed tide pools, snorkeling and picnics, reported CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Thousands of people in the Puna area had to evacuate after the first fissure opened May 3. Officials had issued mandatory orders for residents of Leilani Estates and those in Kapoho Beach and Vacationland to leave by last Friday or risk being trapped and unreachable by emergency crews.

Many island residents have lost everything. Some said they were staying because they had nowhere else to go, officials said.

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