Many homeowners are unable to access their homes as the lava damaged the properties.
Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, June 5, 2018.
For example, one small ohia tree was observed by a National Park Service employee last week during a tour of a two-year-old inactive flow.
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.
The quake struck just three miles from the volcano which has been erupted constantly for over a month.
"A lot of the ocean entries are extraordinarily unstable", Ferracane said.
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According to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, lava has destroyed more than 600 homes since early last month.
This Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows a fish-eye view of a lava delta filling the former Kapoho Bay at the town of Kapoho on the island of Hawaii. About 100 structures had been destroyed before the latest eruption, but about 500 homes in the communities of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were in the direct path of the lava. The rest of the losses have occurred in the Leilani Estates area, where the toll of destruction has been steadily rising by the day. "I'm talking about 600 families".
US Geological Survey officials say the flow was still very active and there is no way of knowing when the eruption will end or whether more lava-spewing vents could open.
Plumes of volcanic ash belched into the air by periodic daily explosions from the crater at Kilauea's summit have posed an additional nuisance and a health concern to nearby communities.
So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's Hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcanic goddess of Hawaiian myth.
The eruption displacing thousands of residents across the island.