Explosion rocks Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, sending ash 1 mile high

Hawaii volcano update

Hawaii volcano update

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

Homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are on smaller lots and are closer together than in other parts of the Puna district.

Lava early Tuesday destroyed Big Island Mayor Harry Kim's second home, Snyder said.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the Lower East Rift Zone.

Janet Snyder said Tuesday that hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland. Officials had previously been updating the number of structures burned because it was hard to tell from aerial surveys which were homes or other buildings.

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A magnitude 5.5 natural disaster shook the Kilauea summit, resulting in an ash plume that reached up to 8,000 feet, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The lava flow, which has destroyed homes in the community of Kapoho and filled in an ocean bay known for snorkeling and tidal pools, is coming from a nearby fissure, which has spouted a fountain of lava that has reached as high as 250 feet in recent days.

At least 87 homes have been destroyed by the Kilauea volcano eruption in the four weeks since lava began flowing from its summit.

When asked at a news conference Monday about the number of evacuations, he said he didn't have a good estimate because up to 80% of the houses in some areas are vacation rentals.

Lava from a fissure near the volcano entered Kapoho Bay overnight, forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere as hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific Ocean.

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The lava flow left Kapoho and the adjacent development of Vacationland cut off from the rest of the island by road, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.

Hawaii Civil Defense warned residents to avoid contact with the "laze" steam, which can contain hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles.

Last Sunday, the USGS piloted a drone to help an emergency crew navigate the harrowing landscape to save a life.

The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree.

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