Janet Snyder said Tuesday that hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.
Okabe describes the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences. Lava pouring into the ocean there has completely filled in the bay, extending almost a mile (1.6 km) out from what had been the shoreline, USGS scientists said.
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The latest Kilauea eruption began on May 3 and has unleashed towering clouds of ash, hurled bombs of lava, and dumped rivers of molten rock into the tropical countryside, engulfing lush green landscapes and serene neighborhoods without discretion.
Governor David Ige signed a second supplemental emergency proclamation on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that gives the county more options for shelters and sets criminal penalties for violating emergency rules, such as failing to evacuate and interfering with emergency workers. When the super hot lava hits the ocean it produces a chemical reaction that produces a blend of hydrochloric acid, steam, and tiny particles of glass. At the adjacent Kapoho Beach lots to the north, "just a few homes" are left standing, she added.
Lava claimed Harry Pomerleau's home in Vacationland.
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Some said they were staying because they had nowhere else to go, officials said.
The entire neighbourhood of Vacationland on Big Island has now been covered in lava. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava erupts in Leilani Estates. It was where vacationers enjoyed tide pools, snorkeling and picnics, reported CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now. Okabe estimated there are several hundred homes in each of the two subdivisions.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency was putting the confirmed number of buildings lost to the current eruption at 117 on Monday, mostly residential properties.
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Another victim was found in the streets of El Rodeo by volunteer firefighters and later died in an ambulance. Sacatepezuez television published images of a charred landscape where the lava came into contact with homes.
"It's a lovely blue day, but it really seems eerie up there, lots and lots of ash covering areas near Jagger Museum and the earthquakes really make things seem very unsettled", she said.