Hundreds of homes destroyed by volcano lava in Hawaii

HOLLYN JOHNSON  Tribune-Herald Lava from fissure No. 8 oozes toward Kapoho Bay on Sunday in lower Puna. Special thanks to Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Now, the lake bed is filled with lava instead of water.

On Tuesday, the governor issued a second supplemental emergency proclamation, with rules to help shelters, law enforcement and disaster response.

That would more than double the 117 homes that have been confirmed as destroyed during the ongoing eruption. The area lies near the site of a seaside village buried in lava from a 1960 eruption.

Two residents of Kapoho, Dodie Jordan and Gregory Braun, shared emotional stories in Pahoa on Tuesday evening, after a lava flow consumed all of Vacationland and most of Kapoho Beach Lots the night before.

Thousands of people have been displaced, and the slow-moving nature of the event has many living in a state of agonizing uncertainty.

The number is sure to grow because assessments aren't finished, Magno said. "The volcano is going strong".

Lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed two oceanfront communities Tuesday, burning hundreds of homes. It was initially thought lost to lava, but county officials later said it had been spared.

That was the message Wednesday morning from Janet Snyder, spokeswoman for Mayor Harry Kim.

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. One home was lost in a separate 2014 lava flow in the commercial hub of Pahoa.

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There were no immediate reports of any casualties, but authorities are advising those close to the crater to evacuate the area. Officials said the dead were so far all concentrated in three towns: El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes.

"I just locked my doors and walked away", 28-year Vacationland resident Betty Oberman said.
"I feel that I've had a really great experience".

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.

Ige is coming to Hilo Thursday to meet with Kim, Snyder said, and the main focus will be on fast-tracking temporary housing. "It's a attractive spot", she said Monday.

The ongoing flow is all being fed by huge fountainsspewing from fissure no. 8, and follows a dramatic weekend in lower Puna.

On Sunday, three people who were trapped by lava in Kapoho and Vacationland were airlifted out.

Thousands have been evacuated from the area, but officials fear that up to a dozen residents who made a decision to stay could be dead.

Seismic activity, meanwhile, remains very active at Kilauea.

"Basically we are up on that hill, so we're still OK right now", Johnson said. No tsunamis were generated by either quake.

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