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Lava fills up Hawaiian bay, destroys hundreds of homes

Lava fills up Hawaiian bay, destroys hundreds of homes

"We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost", says Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County, told reporters.

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

Another three-dozen homes were confirmed destroyed at the weekend when a large lava stream creeping 6 miles across the landscape reached the far eastern edge of the Big Island, pouring into the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

Mounting property losses were reported a day after five or six people who initially chose to stay in the newly evacuated Kapoho area after road access was cut off were rescued by helicopter, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.

USGS helicopter footage from Monday showed lava from one fissure entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and completely filled it, KGMB-TV reports. HVO's late afternoon overflight showed that the Fissure 8 flow is continuing to form a lava delta with limited continuing advances into the surviving parts of the Kaphoho Beach Lots and Vacationlands neighborhoods.

Fissure no. 8 is the only one now active, but walls of a perched pond from the fissure are expected to break and send more lava oozing toward the ocean.

"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.

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Lava claimed Harry Pomerleau's home in Vacationland.

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

The flow, which is a half-mile wide in parts, entered the sea Sunday night, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense, sending large plumes of "laze" - a unsafe mix of steam, gas and volcanic glass - into the air.

More eruptions are possible in the coming months as the deflation process continues, Cindi Preller, geologist and duty scientist at the Oahu office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told ABC News.

"What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile (1.6 km) out into the ocean", the civil defense spokesman told Reuters.

So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcano goddess of Hawaiian myth.


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