Lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight in Hawaii

Hawaii volcano- map of affected area

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Seaside residents and boaters also have been warned to avoid noxious clouds of laze - a term combining the words "lava" and "haze" - formed when lava reacts with seawater to form a mix of acid fumes, steam and glass-like specks.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed by lava in one night in a mostly rural area of the Big Island of Hawaii, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. On Friday, the count was at 87 homes.

Snyder said it was hard to count homes in that area from the air because of steam produced from lava entering the ocean. It's the second time lava has hit the ocean since the crisis began.

There is NO tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 5.5 (preliminary magnitude 5.6) natural disaster reported at 4:32 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in the Summit Region of the Kilauea Volcano, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

It was the largest number of destroyed homes since eruption began, said Jane Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County.

Thousands in the Puna district had to evacuate after lava fissures started opening in neighborhoods a month ago.

In the second video, taken about seven hours later (around 1:38 p.m.), lava had almost filled the shallow bay and was close to covering Champagne Ponds (right side of the screen, toward the end of the video) in the north part of 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.

Between May 4 and Monday, there have been almost 10,000 earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"He was very depressed", Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home. Kim and Okabe live in Hilo, the county's seat, which is more than an hour drive from the Kapoho area.

About 7.7 square miles are covered by lava, which is about 0.2 percent of Hawaii Island, according to the USGS.

Almost a dozen people were left stranded in an area cut off by lava on Sunday. Police said a 55-year-old man was arrested last week after he circumvented a traffic checkpoint and crashed his vehicle into a hardened lava flow.

Continued earthquakes, including Sunday's magnitude 5.5 quake, damaged the overlook deck and other features at Jagger Museum in the national park, where most visitors go to see the summit lava lake, park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said. It's not known when the heavily visited Kilauea section of the park will reopen.

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