Kapoho Beach Lots, Vacationland destroyed by lava

Kapoho Beach Lots, Vacationland destroyed by lava

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.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated from the area and lava spewing from the volcano's fissures have destroyed more than 100 structures since the first eruption a month ago.

The tallest ash plume at the summit of Kilauea volcano reached 30,000 feet above sea level, the USGS says. Fissure 8 is feeding a channel transporting lava to the northeast along Highway 132 and east to the ocean entry in Kapoho Bay.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Snyder said Hawaii County Parks and Recreation's Summer Fun Program will not be cancelled this year. "They are not only putting themselves into potentially life-threatening situations, but we can't completely lock gates or erect impassable barricades in areas where people have only one way out - these are the routes loiterers are using to gain up-close access".

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The flow of lava especially from fissure eight has cut off Puna Kapoho and several residents had to be airlifted to safety.

Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice. Lava has covered eight square miles.

There are no immediate reports or damage, injuries or fatalities from the natural disaster, which was recorded at around 3.30pm GMT.

Hawaii Civil Defense spokesman Talmadge Mango said Friday that at least 87 buildings have been destroyed since the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3.

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Virtually all of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were wiped out by lava Tuesday morning, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Continued earthquakes, including Sunday's magnitude 5.5 quake, damaged the overlook deck and other features at Jagger Museum in the national park, where most visitors go to see the summit lava lake, park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, reacts with sea water and sends hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles in the air.

There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas. They are often also referred to as "flammagenitus" or "fire clouds", the USGS said in the post.

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