Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Lava from Kilauea volcano destroys Hawai'i County mayor's home

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Charlie Simmons | 07 June, 2018, 11:40

Terrifying new aerial photos show a growing river of molten rock flowing from a fissure at the foot of Kilauea Volcano destroying homes on Hawaii's Big Island.

"We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost", says Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County, told reporters.

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened by lava. The area is primarily home to vacation rentals, but there are a lot of permanent residences there too.

Overnight Monday and Tuesday, A wide and fast lava flow from Kilauea volcano's fissure No. 8 wiped out hundreds of homes in Kapoho and obliterated Kapoho Bay, replacing it with a almost mile-long delta of lava rock.

Officials are still working to get an accurate count of damaged structures, but a flight by the U.S. Geological Survey shows blackened lava inundating a section of coastline that was once covered with lush forest and dotted by homes.

Lava has engulfed an area of about eight square miles (20 square kilometers) since the volcano - one of five on Hawaii's Big Island - began erupting. "Nothing stops it and the direction it goes", Magno said of the lava flow.

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

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"Harry had a premonition this was going to happen", Snyder said. It was where vacationers enjoyed tide pools, snorkeling and picnics, reported CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

"On the northern end of that, there are just a few homes in the [Kapoho] beach lots area".

Separately, a mandatory evacuation zone remains in place for about half of lava-ravaged Leilani Estates.

"Over the course of essentially two days, that entire area was covered by lava", Dr Stovall said. Okabe estimated there are several hundred homes in each of the two subdivisions.

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

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.

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