Hawaii volcano lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight

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Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny glass particles into the air.

A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday. On Friday, the count was at 87 homes. The lava produced a massive cloud of steam when it reached the ocean at Kapoho Bay on Monday. Snyder said it was hard to count homes in that area from the air because of steam produced from lava entering the ocean.

There is NO tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 5.5 (preliminary magnitude 5.6) quake reported at 4:32 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in the Summit Region of the Kilauea Volcano, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano on Tuesday.

One finger of the lava poured into a small freshwater lake, boiling away all its water late on Saturday, while another finger spilled into Kapoho Bay on Sunday night, officials said.

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County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots is also threatened.

The lava flow has covered about 7.7 square miles of the island, according to the USGS.

The area had already been evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Okabe describes the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

"For us it's more of a vacation area, but for those who live there permanently, they're trying to figure out where they're going to be living", he said. Kim and Okabe live in Hilo, the county's seat, which is more than an hour drive from the Kapoho area.

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Between May 4 and Monday, there have been almost 10,000 earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The flow front was about a half-mile wide, with lava building a delta a few hundred yards into the bay.

That's a lot of lava, but flow volumes can be extraordinarily hard to measure, the USGS said.

After vigorous eruptions from the Kilauea volcano, almost a dozen people were left stranded in an area cut off by lava, Hawaii authorities announced Sunday.

"Unlike lava, which you can see coming and avoid, we cannot see or predict earthquakes, nor can we foresee a summit explosion, but both threats continue", park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said.

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