Hundreds More Hawaii Homes Destroyed as Lava Surge Fills Coastal Bay

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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.

No injuries were reported as most residents heeded advice to leave.

Kim's second home in Vacationland was added to 117 homes destroyed by lava as of the latest official count, a number Hawai'i County Civil Defense spokeswoman Janet Snyder expects to rise, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

One image from the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite recorded the lava flows on the night of May 23, and produced images by acquiring shortwave infrared and green-light observations.


Residents in the nearby areas should also be prepared to evacuate with little notice, officials said.

A morning overflight confirmed that lava completely filled Kapoho Bay, inundated most of Vacationland and covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

"Anything above 6.9 [magnitude] is our threshold", she said, noting that it would warn people to stay clear of the ocean in such an event.

This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava fountaining at a fissure near Pahoa on the island of Hawaii Tuesday, June 5, 2018.


He wants to return if lava spares his home on a ridge overlooking the ocean. About 80 of those were destroyed in the Leilani Estates community, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3 downhill from the volcano's eastern flank.

They have since reached the coastal settlements of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland in the past day, and have destroyed hundreds of homes.

Those who live or vacation in the area were mourning the loss of popular tide-pools where kids enjoyed swimming.

Thousands of people have been displaced, and the slow-moving nature of the event has many living in a state of agonizing uncertainty.


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