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Kīlauea Volcano's current eruption centered in Leilani Estates on the Big Island of Hawai'i has destroyed almost 200 homes over the past day and a half.

However, it was clear Monday that the vast majority of the approximately 500 homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are gone.

"His second home was claimed by lava", she said. County Managing Director Wil Okabe says his vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots is also threatened.

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.

Hundreds of oceanfront homes have been destroyed by lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, officials said Tuesday.

Officials with the US Geological Survey said today that the entire neighbourhood of Vacationland, on the Big Island of Hawaii, has been covered by lava, and the nearby Kapoho subdivision has only a few structures remaining.

That latest toll of property losses from Kilauea's ongoing upheaval, which entered its 35th day on Wednesday, far surpasses the 215 structures destroyed by lava during all 35 years of the volcano's last eruption cycle, which began in 1983.


"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.

"I left a lot of things behind because I didn't want to feel as if I was abandoning my home", Rahmer said.

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.

Some said they were staying because they had nowhere else to go, officials said.

About 7.7 square miles of land have been covered by lava.

The two communities, comprising a quiet vacation spot once popular for its snorkeling and tide pools, sat at the edge of a small, shallow inlet called Kapoho Bay.

Not too long ago, Kapoho Bay was a picturesque vacation destination for many. "It's hard because obviously a lot of people have lost a lot more than just a lovely place to visit and memories". "And I don't know what to do", she said.


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