Hawaii Volcano Lava Destroys Hundreds of Homes Overnight

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

(Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava threatens homes on the outskirts of Pahoa. Officials are updating the number of homes lost as they conduct more aerial surveys to get a full view of the damage, and expect the tally to rise.

Officials haven't yet released the total number of homes destroyed in Kapoho. On the left is an image from Tuesday, which shows some areas already blackened by lava.

Lava flows have knocked out telephone and power lines, causing widespread communication outages, and forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant that normally provides about a quarter of the island's electricity.

Homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are on smaller lots and are closer together than in other parts of the Puna district.

Lava early Tuesday destroyed Big Island Mayor Harry Kim's second home in Vacationland, Snyder said. "It looks like there's no stopping it".

Vivian Mark, a resident of Hilo who owns a beachfront vacation rental in Vacationland and is president of the Vacationland Hawaii Community Association, said Vacationland consisted of 240 housing lots and almost 90 farm lots, but she was unsure how many of those had properties built on them. Kim and Okabe live in Hilo, the county's seat, which is more than an hour drive from the Kapoho area.

Residents in the nearby areas should also be prepared to evacuate with little notice, officials said. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

"Nobody knows what comes next as far as the lava goes", Snyder told The Washington Post.




A U.S. Geological Survey photo shows lava entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay, Hawaii, on Tuesday. Miles of charred, blackened landscape are visible behind the ocean-entry point, showing the lava flow's path of destruction from the inland fissure.

"Kapoho Bay is gone".

"Right now, we don't have anything". "It's a attractive spot", she said Monday. "I wish I could just find out if I have a house".

"USGS was on a routine overflight and saw people on the road in an area cut off by the lava". Police on Monday said a 62-year-old man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching.

No injuries were reported in the most recent flow.

More eruptions are possible in the coming months as the deflation process continues, Cindi Preller, geologist and duty scientist at the Oahu office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told ABC News.

"It's incredibly saddening", Jason Hills, who makes a yearly visit, told the station. It's not known when the heavily visited Kilauea section of the park will reopen.

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