Dramatic video shows Hawaii's 'fissure 8' spewing lava

Dramatic video shows Hawaii's 'fissure 8' spewing lava

Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator, said there were at least 350 homes at Kapoho Beach Lots and 140 in Vacationland.

Mr. Marzo said that "a'ā", a type of flow involving broken lava blocks called clinkers, had covered the entirety of Kapoho Bay.

Authorities began evacuating the greater Kapoho area last week and ushered most of the last remaining residents to safety early on Saturday, hours before the lava flow severed all road access to the region. He said the area is a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

Scientists say a morning overflight confirms that lava has completely filled Kapoho Bay.

USGS says lava flowing from fissure 8 has covered all but the northern tip of Kapoho Beach lots and coastline of Vacationland.

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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.

"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. When the super hot lava hits the ocean it produces a chemical reaction that produces a blend of hydrochloric acid, steam, and tiny particles of glass.

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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.

"I'm kind of at peace, actually", Johnson said of potentially losing his home of 28 years.

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Thousands of people have been displaced, and the slow-moving nature of the event has many living in a state of agonizing uncertainty.

Aerial footage of Hawaii's Big Island shows the extent of the damage from the Kilauea volcano's latest explosion.

Not too long ago, Kapoho Bay was a picturesque vacation destination for many.

Thousands have been evacuated from the area, but officials fear that up to a dozen residents who made a decision to stay could be dead. About 80 of those were destroyed in the Leilani Estates community, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3 downhill from the volcano's eastern flank.

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