Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:45AM
Drew Wolfe

Kilauea Lava Flow Swallows 279 Homes In 2 Coastal Subdivisions

"An oceanfront subdivision known as Vacationland is the latest to be swallowed by lava flows as the Kilauea volcano continues to reshape the landscape on Hawaii's Big Island."

"Meanwhile, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck near the volcano's summit."

"The molten rock covered Vacationland and only a few structures remained intact in nearby Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision, the U.S. Geological Survey said."

"A total of 22 fissures have appeared since May 3, when Kilauea suddenly became more active, according to Hawaii Public Radio."

"'The flow front from the fissure 8 lava flow has now completely filled Kapoho Bay and created a delta about 0.8 miles from the former coastline,' USGS Volcanologist Jessica Ball said in a daily update at 9:30 a.m. Hawaii time."

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