Lava from Kilauea volcano destroys Hawai'i County mayor's home

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The lava filling Kapoho Bay, an area that had been known for its tide pools and snorkeling, creates a delta of new earth more than a half-mile off the coastline.

"We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland last night", said Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County on the Big Island.

No injuries were reported as most residents heeded advice to leave.

Videographer Mick Kalber released this video of an overflight of the Kapoho area of the Big Island on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, with Paradise Helicopters.

Brian Shiro, a supervisory geophysicist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said it was the highest rate of quakes ever measured at the summit area.

They didn't expect the lava flow to head their way.

About 7.7 square miles are covered by lava, which is about 0.2% of Hawaii Island, according to the USGS.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities also warned about laze, a nasty mashup of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

Lava early Tuesday destroyed the mayor's second home, Snyder said.

Residents of the Puna District in East Hawai'i are reeling from this latest blow, many displaced, seeking shelter with friends, relatives, and in community facilities throughout the island.

Okabe describes the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences. 'Harry had a premonition this was going to happen, ' she told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava flows across a highway on the outskirts of Pahoa. "I wish I could just find out if I have a house".

Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters that people needed to stay at least 1,000 feet back from the bay to avoid health effects from the laze, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The latest Kilauea eruption began on May 3 and has unleashed towering clouds of ash, hurled bombs of lava, and dumped rivers of molten rock into the tropical countryside, engulfing lush green landscapes and serene neighborhoods without discretion.

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