Entire Hawaii neighborhood covered by lava

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Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed more homes Tuesday, including the residence of Hawai'i County Mayor Harry Kim, emergency officials said.

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

At least 117 homes had earlier been reported destroyed in the four weeks since lava began flowing, according to Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno. The lava pushed into beach lots in Kapoho, which has about 350 homes and Vacationland, which has about 150.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated from the area and lava spewing from the volcano's fissures have destroyed more than 100 structures since the first eruption a month ago.

And it not only took homes, it completely filled Kapoho Bay, extending 0.8 miles from the coastline.

Lava from the Kilauea volcano flows across a highway.

410 people are staying at county shelters. "Lava is entering the ocean in the Vacationland subdivision".

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According to Snyder, a number of drone operators have been cited for violating the temporary flight restriction area over lava flows.

Ige is coming to Hilo Thursday to meet with Kim, Snyder said, and the main focus will be on fast-tracking temporary housing.

About three dozen of those structures, mostly private homes and vacation rentals, were lost during the weekend in Kapoho.

Lava had covered almost 8 square miles (20.7 sq km) of landscape as of Monday, and some 9,900 earthquakes had been recorded on the Big Island since Kilauea rumbled back to life last month.

Carolyn Boudreault, a Kapoho resident who is now staying in Boston with her family, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the bay was a treasured place.

On May 4, a 6.9-magnitude quake was centered near the south flank of Kilauea one hour after a 5.4-magnitude natural disaster struck nearby, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. "And I don't know what to do", she said. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava threatens homes on the outskirts of Pahoa.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has issued an evacuation order for residents in the area, as the acidic fumes can prove fatal if inhaled.

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