Hawaii hit with over 500 earthquakes in 24 hours

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

Giant acidic steam clouds rise from ocean after lava spill in Hawaii (VIDEO)

The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent so much lava flowing into nearby Kapoho Bay that the area is now completely filled. She noted that does not count the homes lost at Kapoho, since those have to be verified by drone overflight and comparison with tax department maps, and that hundreds more still need to be counted. The rest were consumed weeks earlier in the larger Leilani Estates subdivision several miles to the west, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency was putting the confirmed number of buildings lost to the current eruption at 117 on Monday, mostly residential properties.

There were about 500 homes in the Kapoho area.

One finger of the lava poured into a small freshwater lake, boiling away all its water late on Saturday, while another finger spilled into Kapoho Bay on Sunday night, officials said.

Overnight Monday, "hundreds" more were destroyed in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, said Janet Snyder, a Hawaii Civil Defense Service spokeswoman. He said the area is a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava threatens homes in the Kapoho area. Bookings for June and July are just 0.5% and 1.6% behind and bookings for August, September and October are ahead 6.7%, 7.9% and 2.3% respectively, according to ForwardKeys. Some said they were staying because they had nowhere else to go, officials said.

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"The most recent aerial surveillance appears to show that Mayor Kim's house in lower Puna was destroyed sometime today by the lava flow", said David Mace, spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management.

Jessica Ferracane, a spokeswoman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, insisted earthquakes can not be predicted, adding to the stream of fears on the island.

Vigorous eruption of lava from Kilauea's lower East Rift Zone also was reported, including lava fountaining at Fissure 8 between 130 feet and 160 feet.

Parts of the Big Island were rattled Tuesday, by a magnitude 5.5 natural disaster, the latest in a string of smaller earthquakes that have struck the island since the eruption started on May 4. "If lava takes it, we're covered".

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