Hawaii volcano lava flow destroys home in dramatic video


Many won't: FEMA payments generally won't cover second homes or vacation property or buildings erected without proper permits, and numerous properties in the path of the lava fall into those categories.

The active lava entry zone is a totally new coastline on the east side of the Big Island.

A spokesperson for Hawaii County Civil Defence said: "What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean".

The Kapoho home was one of hundreds that have been charred by the massive lava flow coming from Fissure 8 on Hawaii's Big Island over the last few days.

Meanwhile, officials said Fissure 8 continues to produce a large flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large plume, KHON2 reported. "It's going to take a whole community effort".

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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the explosion was equivalent to a magnitude of 5.4 and sent plumes of ash into the air. Magno says additional workers can be called in if conditions change. Over the weekend, gas emissions from the outbreak almost doubled, indicating a potential increase in its eruption rate. Half of the residents of a subdivision that had been ordered to evacuate after a fissure opened there on May 3 were being allowed to return starting last week.

Many people whose homes have been destroyed don't have insurance, and FEMA officials are working with local authorities to get disaster assistance to those who qualify.

While the lava continues to spew in lower Puna, seismic events at Kilauea volcano's summit are also continuous. A part for repairs was expected soon, said Robert Ballard, science and operations officer for the weather service in Honolulu.

Scientists warn against venturing too close to lava hitting water, saying it could expose people to dangers from flying debris.