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Official count of homes consumed by lava reaches 130

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USGS update for June 4.
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Andrew Gomes
Fountaining lava is shooting out as cinder pieces called pyroclasts from marble to baseball size.
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Changes occurring within Halemaumau crater
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The fissure 8 fountain height has diminished, as observed Monday evening and early this morning.
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Flyover of Kapoho Bay on Monday.
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USGS officials confirmed the Vacationland subdivision has been completely covered by lava flows in an overflight this morning.

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The lava flow from fissure 8 was seen pouring into entering Kapoho Bay during an overflight at 6:13 a.m. Monday. The ocean entry was reported to have occurred by 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Lava from fissure 8 filled Kapoho Bay today.

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Lava advanced toward the ocean in the Kapoho area of Hawaii island Sunday afternoon.

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In this Saturday, June 2, 2018, aerial photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, the easternmost Fissure 8 lava flow near Pahoa, Hawaii. The Fissure 8 lava flowed into Green Lake, the lake water boiled away, sending a white plume high into the sky visible from afar between around 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. HST. This aerial photo, taken a couple of hours later by the Hawaii County Fire Department, shows still-steaming lava within Green Lake, located near the intersection of Highways 132 and 137. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

UPDATE: 10:40 a.m.

The latest confirmed count of homes overrun by lava has increased to 130 from 117, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense today.

The figure, however, is expected to soar as “hundreds of homes” are believed to be destroyed in Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots, said spokeswoman Janet Snyder.

Lava has ravaged all of Vacationland and only the northern tier of Kapoho Beach Lots remains for now.

Officials are reviewing daily aerial photographs and footage as well as census and property tax records to determine the number of homes consumed by lava.

Census records show about 350 homes at Vacationland and 150 homes at Kapoho Beach Lots, according to Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno.

10 a.m.

The partial collapse of Halemaumau crater continues as the summit subsides due to the movement of magma toward the East Rift Zone.

7:30 a.m.

The Vacationland subdivision has been completely covered by lava and is entering the ocean in the area.

U.S. Geological Survey officials confirmed the development during a 6:30 a.m. overflight today.

Additionally, lava flows extended 100 yards north in Kapoho Beach Lots as fissure 8 continues fountaining.

5 a.m.

Lava from fissure 8 continued to fountain Tuesday night to heights consistent with those observed earlier in the day.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said the northernmost lobe of fissure 8 was advancing very slowly to the northeast and that no other fissure vents were active.


5 p.m.

Lava fountaining at fissure 8 is reported to be at 150 to 180 feet and continues to feed a channel pushing lava to the northeast along Highway 132 and east to the ocean entry in Kapoho Bay area.


A large laze plume is blowing inland into the air along the coastline near Kapoho Bay, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The Hawaii State Department has partnered with the Civil Defense and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expand air quality stations in the Kilauea East Rift Zone to monitor conditions during volcanic activity. Responders are using data to make evacuation recommendations. The public can access the data here: http://epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

Fissure 8 continues to produce a large flow that has inundated Vacationland and most of Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending 0.7 miles from shore.

Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

A community meeting will be held at the Pahoa High School cafeteria at 5 p.m.

9:30 a.m.

Lava has completely filled Kapoho Bay. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials confirmed the development during their morning overflight.

The intensity of lava fountaining from fissure 8 declined overnight, with fountain heights fluctuating between 130 and 160 feet, the HVO said. However, the fissure continues to feed a channel transporting lava to the northeast along Highway 132 and east into the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

Lava is also entering the water to the south at the Vacationland tidepools. The northernmost lobe of the fissure 8 flow, around Noni Farms Road, moved 200 yards downslope overnight.

No other fissure vents showed significant activity this morning, the HVO said.

7:15 a.m.

Lava extends 0.7 miles into Kapoho Bay, and most of Vacationland and Kapoho Beach lots have been inundated by lava, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists said after a 6:30 a.m. overflight today.

Fissure 8 is fountaining up to 150 feet high but the lava channel remains full.

7 a.m.

Vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone as lava continues to fill in Kapoho Bay.

Fissure 8, which is producing the large channelized flow feeding lava into the bay, is still very active, scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said today.

5:15 a.m.

A small explosion occurred at Kilauea’s summit at 4:32 a.m.

A magnitude-5.5 earthquake accompanied the explosion but did not generate a tsunami.

Kilauea expelled an ash plume that rose to around 5,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service.


The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Kapoho Bay has reported lava continued to inundate Kapoho Bay.

As of Monday night, lava was filling Kapoho Bay, extending out roughly 750 yards from shore.

The lava flow pouring into the ocean at Kapoho Bay is emanating a large laze plume along the coastline. Laze is formed when hot lava impacts the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.

The corrosive gas mixture causes irritation to eyes, skin and lungs.

Fountaining at fissure 8 remains active with heights reaching up to 130 to 160 feet. The Hawaii Volcano Observatory also reported spattering at fissures 6 and 13, and sluggish lava flows in the proximity of fissure 18.

Field crews are onsite in Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone tracking the eruption activity.

HVO noted volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Tradewinds are pushing vog to the south and west sides of Hawaii island. Easterly winds forecasted for Tuesday afternoon may bring vog to the Volcano area.

Meanwhile, sulfur dioxide emission rates at the Kilauea summit remain high, impacting air quality in regions downwind.

Given the dynamic nature of Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015. (see large map)

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