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Hundreds More Hawaii Homes Destroyed as Lava Surge Fills Coastal Bay

07 June 2018

As of Tuesday morning, lava has created new land and extended 0.7 miles into Kapoho Bay.

On Monday, civil defense reported a total of 117 homes and other structures destroyed across the island's larger lava-stricken region, as the eruption from Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, continued through its 33rd day.

"I've been crying a lot", she said.

The latest Kilauea eruption began on May 3 and has unleashed towering clouds of ash, hurled bombs of lava, and dumped rivers of molten rock into the tropical countryside, engulfing lush green landscapes and serene neighborhoods without discretion.

"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.

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People watch from a tour boat as lava flows into the Pacific Ocean in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, June 4, 2018.

Lava inundated the bay near Hawaii Island's eastern tip on Monday night, causing giant plumes of acidic fumes, known as 'laze, ' to billow from the ocean.

Lava destroyed Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim's second home in Vacationland. These were vacation homes and rentals, as well as primary residences.

Kapoho resident Mark Johnson was coming to terms with the possibility of losing his home and five-acre citrus farm.

"For us it's more of a vacation area, but for those who live there permanently, they're trying to figure out where they're going to be living", he said.

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Residents of the Puna District in East Hawai'i are reeling from this latest blow, many displaced, seeking shelter with friends, relatives, and in community facilities throughout the island.

That's a lot of lava, but flow volumes can be extraordinarily hard to measure, the USGS said.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed since May 11 because of earthquakes and continuous explosions from the volcano's summit crater.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a magnitude 5.5 quake at a depth of 1.14km and 5km south-west of the volcano struck the island on Tuesday. 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.

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Hundreds More Hawaii Homes Destroyed as Lava Surge Fills Coastal Bay