The latest estimates-up to 80 more structures destroyed by lava than previously counted-could bring the total number of homes and other buildings lost over the past month to almost 200.
Lava had covered almost 8 square miles (20.7 sq km) of landscape as of Monday, and some 9,900 earthquakes had been recorded on the Big Island since Kilauea rumbled back to life last month. "It's hard because obviously a lot of people have lost a lot more than just a handsome place to visit and memories". The rest were consumed weeks earlier in the larger Leilani Estates subdivision several miles to the west, where lava-spouting fissures in the ground first opened on May 3.
A color infrared satellite image shows lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption encroaching a residential area in Kapoho Bay, Hawaii, on Monday.
County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened.
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Janet Snyder said Tuesday there's not an exact count, but hundreds of homes were lost Monday night in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland. She said it would be some time before precise losses were confirmed.
A U.S. Geological Survey photo shows lava entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay, Hawaii, on Tuesday.
The United States Geological Survey provides aerial footage of lava pouring into the Big Island's Kapoho Bay.
Lava from Kilauea has covered an area of almost 5,000 acres, according to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. No deaths have yet been reported but the eruptions have covered more than 5,000 acres and lava flow has now been described as a "flood".
"For us it's more of a vacation area, but for those who live there permanently, they're trying to figure out where they're going to be living", he said.
Kirk Rahmer became one of dozens of people who lost their homes over the weekend, when he saw that his home of 18 years had been claimed by lava.