Scores more homes destroyed by lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

A Hawaii County spokeswoman says lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes overnight.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that an overflight early Tuesday confirmed that lava had completely filled Kapoho Bay, inundated most of Vacationland and had covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots.

The outlet reported that hundreds of homes have been destroyed, including the second home of the Big Island's mayor. The lava pushed into beach lots in Kapoho, which has about 350 homes and Vacationland, which has about 150. No injuries were reported in the area because it was evacuated. These were vacation homes and rentals, as well as primary residences.

"The difference between our June 3rd and June 5th images are dramatic, with lava completely filling Kapoho Bay by yesterday afternoon", a spokesperson for the company said in a statement. Officials had issued mandatory orders for residents of Leilani Estates and those in Kapoho Beach and Vacationland were advised to leave by last Friday or risk being trapped and unreachable by emergency crews.

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.

Video footage from a helicopter showed two seaside homes engulfed in flames as clouds of white steam and hydrochloric acid fumes billowed from the water, where red-hot lava was pouring into the ocean.

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"What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean", the civil defense spokesman said.

There were about 500 homes in the Kapoho area.

Not too long ago, Kapoho Bay was a picturesque vacation destination for many. Helicopter footage showed unsafe laze (lava haze) pluming from the new coastline.

Officials warned residents about the presence of laze, a potentially unsafe mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and tiny glass particles in the air. "It's a lovely spot", she said Monday.

The latest damage came from a large lava flow that crept several miles before severing a key highway junction at Kapoho on Saturday and then obliterating about a half-dozen blocks of the subdivision over the weekend, the spokesman said.

"Nobody knows what comes next as far as the lava goes", Snyder told The Washington Post.

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