Rivers of lava destroy 600 homes on Hawaii's Big Island

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An ever-creeping wall of lava from Kilauea Volcano has engulfed two entire seaside housing tracts at the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island, government scientists reported on Wednesday, an area where civil defense officials said almost 280 homes once stood.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey say they don't know when the volcanic activity will stop.

Lava from the eighth fissure that opened early last month was fountaining up to 220 feet (67 meters) high. His ocean-view property sits on a ridge near the base of Kapoho crater, and he thinks the lava could have missed it.

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, June 5, 2018.

Since the start of the eruption about 35 days ago, the volume of lava erupted so far in Puna is about 0.11 cubic kilometres in total.

The AP notes that the latest activity on and around Kilauea "is among the most destructive and costly in volcano property loss in US history".

Hawaii Civil Defense reported the latest eruption caused a thick ash plume to rise 3000m above sea level.

Roughly a mile of new land formed after lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano spilled into a nearby bay has some wondering who the new terrain belongs to.

It comes as a volcano erupted in Guatemala on Sunday and left 99 dead and almost 200 missing.

While the new land is owned by the state, people that have private property in the affected areas will still own their land, although it will need to be reassessed once the lava stops flowing.

"Following that explosion, the seismicity settled down and so the summit was relatively quiet overnight and we had a good sleep as a result of that".

Concerning the natural disaster, she said, "There's a pattern".

Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii's five volcanoes, is feared to be on the brink of another major eruption after being rattled by more than 500 earthquakes over the weekend.