More Homes Destroyed as Hawaiian Volcano Continues to Erupt

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

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

Lava from the Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes on the Big Island overnight.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said the official count of destroyed homes since May 3 has not risen from the tally of 117 announced earlier this week.

Officials had been warning residents to evacuate the area for days, as they nervously watched the lava crawl its way downhill toward the coast and the Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland neighborhoods. Okabe described the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

Hundreds of oceanfront homes have been destroyed by lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, officials said Tuesday. She said that lava from Kilauea volcano had completely covered the subdivision in Kapoho and at last report, just a small portion of Kapoho Beach Lots remained. But with the latest releases of lava showing few signs of subsiding, residents are bracing for the possibility that the monthlong phase of the eruption could stretch for weeks or even months.

410 people are staying at county shelters. It's the second time lava has hit the ocean since the crisis began.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim, the mayor, felt about losing his vacation home.

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

Carolyn Boudreault, a Kapoho resident who is now staying in Boston with her family, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the bay was a treasured place.

Hawaii's exploding Kilauea volcano is now erupting huge balls of lava which are shooting into the sky before falling down to the sea.

A magnitude 5.6 quake struck the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano summit, sending a plume of ash and rock about 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) into the sky Wednesday.

And the lava keeps spewing, swallowing homes and igniting fears of more destruction to come.

"It's a handsome blue day, but it really seems eerie up there, lots and lots of ash covering areas near Jagger Museum and the earthquakes really make things seem very unsettled", she said.

The state is issuing citations to those who needed to be rescued from mandatory evacuation areas.

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