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Almost a dozen people were left stranded in an area cut off by lava on Sunday.

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.

An explosion rocked Hawaii's Kilauea volcano early Tuesday morning, spewing ash almost a mile into the air and sparking an quake that registered 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Also, lava destroyed a freshwater lake, boiling away all of the water in it, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported late Saturday, local time.

Janet Snyder said Tuesday that hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland. He said that number was sure to grow because there were many more damaged homes to count.

The strongest natural disaster measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale resulted in the volcano blowing out an ash plume that reached up to 8,000 feet, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. On Sunday four people were rescued by airlift, according to KITV, but officials with the Hawaii County Civil Defense estimated that "about twelve people" were still trapped in the area.

Lava from a fissure near the volcano entered Kapoho Bay forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere as hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific Ocean.


Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano has destroyed more than 150 homes in a rural Big Island district, including that of Big Island Mayor Harry Kim.

"For us it's more of a vacation area, but for those who live there permanently, they're trying to figure out where they're going to be living", he said. The flow prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze, a nasty mashup of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

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

A stream of lava as wide as three football fields flowed over a highway near a key junction on the outskirts of Kapoho, a seaside community of private homes and vacation rentals rebuilt after a destructive eruption of Kilauea in 1960.

Last Sunday, the USGS piloted a drone to help an emergency crew navigate the harrowing landscape to save a life.

A Kapoho man was arrested on Saturday, as lava approached the Four Corners intersection.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed since May 11 because of earthquakes and continuous explosions from the volcano's summit crater. "Refusing to evacuate may put you, your family and first responders in danger".


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