HONOLULU (AP) – A Hawaii County spokeswoman says lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes overnight.
Janet Snyder said Tuesday there’s not an exact count, but hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland.READ MORE: State Police Identify Muddy Creek Twp. Shooting Victim As David Hines, Say His SUV Was Found Near Mining Facility
Lava destroyed Mayor Harry Kim’s second home in Vacationland.
County Managing Director Wil Okabe says his vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots is also threatened.
Most area residents have already evacuated.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 1,730 New Cases, 38 Additional Deaths
Okabe describes the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.
Scientists say a morning overflight confirms that lava has completely filled Kapoho Bay. Lava has inundated most of Vacationland and has covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots.
Lava has been flowing from fissures that broke out in neighborhoods last month.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested On Arson Charges In Spaghetti And Steakhouse Restaurant Fire
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