A River of Lava Covered Hundreds of Homes Overnight

June 06, 2018Jun 06, 2018

Only days ago, Kapoho Bay was a wonderful vacation destiny for people throughout the world. But now areas are totally covered in lava after a slow-moving flow pushed through neighborhoods and claimed hundreds of homes. 

Hawaii News Now reports that it was the most destructive day of any eruption in modern times. It is estimated that hundreds of homes have been destroyed.

"It's saddening, it's disheartening to see it go like that," said Jason Hill, whose father lives in Kapoho, according to HNN. "The anxiety lies in what happens next."

The lava not only took homes but also filled the Kapoho Bay, extending almost 1 mile from the coastline. 

And to the south, lava has taken over vacationland and has entered the water of nearby tide pools. To the north, lava has covered the majority of Kapoho Beach Lots.

On Tuesday, the governor issued a second supplementary emergency proclamation, including rules to help with shelters, as well as guidelines for law enforcement and disaster response. 

In another news story, the Hawaii Tribute reported that by Wednesday morning, vacationland was gone. That was apparently the message given on Wednesday morning by Janet Snyder, a spokesperson for Mayor Harry Kim. She remarked that lava from Kilauea volcano had totally covered the subdivision in Kapoho. Lava continues to flow into the ocean, enlarging the delta at the former Kapoho Bay site. 

A public meeting on air quality is scheduled for 5:30 on Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center council chambers in Kailua-Kona. 

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