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A coastal sub-unit known as Vacationland is the last to be swallowed by lava flows, while Kilauea Volcano reshapes the landscape on Hawaii's Big Island.
Meanwhile, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit the volcanic summit
The molten, rock-covered vacationland and few structures remained intact in the nearby Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision
"The flow stream from the lava flow from Fissure 8 has now completely filled the Kapoho Bay and removed a delta about 0.8 miles from the former shoreline," said USGS Volcanologist Jessica Ball in a daily update at 9:30 am Hawaii time ,
"We now have reports that only small parts of Kapoho Beach remain and the northern lobe is slowly entering this area, and a southern lobe of the current has completely covered the Vacationland subdivision." Ball said
USGS geologist Wendy Stovall said bluntly in her assessment, "The holiday destination is gone, there is no evidence of any real estate."
Regarding the earthquake, she said, "There is a pattern: more frequent earthquakes lead to larger events and then to an explosion, we actually expect to arrive within the next few hours, with clouds between 8,000 and 15,000 feet above sea level . " 19659008] According to The Associated Press, district officials believe most of the 279 homes in Vacationland and Kapoho were destroyed.
"Over the course of essentially two days, the entire area was covered in lava," Stovall told reporters.
The AP notes that the recent activities in and around Kilauea "are among the most destructive and expensive losses in volcanic history, although no one was killed and only one lava-related violation was reported, the number of homes destroyed Mark Johnson, who was evacuated, said to the AP his prospect of the ocean property sitting on a ridge near the base of the Kapoho crater, of which he thinks the lava it is would have missed.
"Basically, we're on this hill, so we're still fine," Johnson said.