The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has issued an evacuation order for residents in the area, as the acidic fumes can prove fatal if inhaled.
A color infrared satellite image shows lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption encroaching a residential area in Kapoho Bay, Hawaii, on Monday.
On Sunday, the flow crept toward Kapoho Bay, a roughly 1,000-foot-wide ocean retreat.
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Lava has now covered about 7.7 square miles of the roughly 4,000 square mile island, according to the USGS. The flow prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze, a nasty mashup of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.
Despite earlier reports that lava claimed Big Island Mayor Harry Kim's second home in Vacationland, an aerial flyover confirmed his home is still standing, Snyder said. Emergency management officials estimated that hundreds of homes in those subdivisions were destroyed by lava in addition to the dozens of homes destroyed in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in nearby Puna. "It's hard because obviously a lot of people have lost a lot more than just a handsome place to visit and memories".
Carolyn Boudreault, a Kapoho resident who is now staying in Boston with her family, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the bay was a treasured place. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava flows across a highway on the outskirts of Pahoa.
"Right now, we don't have anything".
At the same time, most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the island's biggest tourist attractions, remains closed indefinitely due to hazards from ash and volcanic rock ejected from the summit crater, and accompanying earthquakes that have damaged park facilities.