Lava from Kilauea volcano completely fills Kapoho Bay: USGS

HOLLYN JOHNSON  Tribune-Herald Lava from fissure No. 8 oozes toward Kapoho Bay on Sunday in lower Puna. Special thanks to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

HOLLYN JOHNSON Tribune-Herald Lava from fissure No. 8 oozes toward Kapoho Bay on Sunday in lower Puna. Special thanks to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

HONOLULU-Lava from the Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes in a mostly rural area on the Big Island of Hawaii overnight, a county spokesperson said Tuesday.

Kilauea's eruption, which entered its 35th day today has destroyed over 200 homes and other buildings, forcing thousands to evacuate and its lava is now reshaping the coastline of Hawaii's Big Island. Okabe described the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

By Tuesday morning, the lava had completely filled Kapoho Bay - shocking residents and frequent visitors who realized that their beloved bay was gone.

Lava threatens homes on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018.

"His second home was claimed by lava", she said.

All but a few of the estimated 500 inhabitants of Kapoho and adjacent Vacationland development are now believed to have fled their homes, an agency spokesman said. Kim and Okabe live in Hilo, the county's seat, which is more than an hour drive from the Kapoho area.

Thousands in the Puna district left after lava fissures started opening in neighborhoods a month ago. "Nothing stops it and the direction it goes", Magno said of the lava flow.

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"Harry had a premonition this was going to happen", Snyder said.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim, the mayor, felt about losing his vacation home. The lava pushed into beach lots in Kapoho, which has about 350 homes and Vacationland, which has about 150.

Officials warned on Tuesday that a large plume of laze, a toxic lava haze composed of hydrochloric acid and tiny shards of volcanic glass, was blowing inland along the coastline, released with the ongoing inundation of Kapoho Bay.

Those who live or vacation in the area were mourning the loss of popular tide-pools where kids enjoyed swimming.

Civil defense spokeswoman Janet Snyder said later county tax records show the two subdivisions consist of 279 homes combined and that "many of those 279 homes are feared destroyed".

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

"Right now, I'm hoping that it burns down", she said.

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