Lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight in Hawaii

Hawaii volcano update

Lava destroyed Mayor Harry Kim's second home in Vacationland.

"We don't have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland last night", said Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County.

There is NO tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 5.5 (preliminary magnitude 5.6) quake reported at 4:32 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in the Summit Region of the Kilauea Volcano, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Foresters say research on things like disease tolerance and sub-population genetics will also be affected in the area.

A map shared by the US Geological Survey on Twitter Saturday afternoon showed the lava flow encroaching on the community of Kapoho and MacKenzie State Park.

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Hawaii Civil Defense Service officials said they went through the neighborhood to warn residents this was their last chance to evacuate before their final escape route was cut off by lava.

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

So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcano goddess of Hawaiian myth.

The flow prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze, a noxious cocktail of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

Lava also destroyed a freshwater lake, boiling away all of the water in it, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported late on Saturday. "And I don't know what to do", she said. Police on Monday said a 62-year-old man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching.

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The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree.

There is a possibility that some residents could have died in the disaster, officials said.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to persistent earthquakes and eruptions of corrosive volcanic ash.

The current activity has been accompanied for weeks by daily explosions of gas and volcanic rock from Kilauea's summit crater as well as earthquakes.

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