Kilauea Volcano: Aerial Images of Lava Destroying Homes

Howard TerryJun 07, 2018

Dramatic video taken on Tuesday night (June 5) showed the area near Kapoho Bay on Hawaii's Big Island illuminated orange by spewing molten lava from what has been called the "fissure 8". He said the area is a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

A morning overflight confirmed that lava completely filled Kapoho Bay, inundated most of Vacationland and covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has issued an evacuation order for residents in the area, as the acidic fumes can prove fatal if inhaled.

They anxious their house would be spared by the lava but rendered inaccessible, leaving them stuck with the mortgage for an abandoned home and a fire insurance policy that was of no value, she told Reuters.

Almost a dozen people were left stranded in an area cut off by lava on Sunday.

According to Snyder, a number of drone operators have been cited for violating the temporary flight restriction area over lava flows.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) A home on fire in the Kapoho area. To the north, lava has covered all but a small portion of Kapoho Beach Lots. The lava pushed into beach lots in Kapoho, which has about 350 homes and Vacationland, which has about 150.

The river of lava is emanating from a gushing fissure miles away, on the flanks of the Kilauea volcano in the Leilani Estates neighborhood.

Kathy Emery, who evacuated from her 5-acre farm in Kapoho, said she doesn't know if she has a home to go back to.

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".

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

"Anything above 6.9 [magnitude] is our threshold", she said, noting that it would warn people to stay clear of the ocean in such an event.

The latest damage came from a large lava flow that crept several miles before severing a key highway junction at Kapoho on Saturday and then obliterating about a half-dozen blocks of the subdivision over the weekend, the spokesman said.

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

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