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Video traces flow of Kilauea lava

Posted at 10:46 AM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 12:46:13-04

Incredible images from the U.S. Geological Survey trace the flow of lava from the Kilauea Volcano approximately 31 miles until it reaches Kapoho Bay.

The images, taken Wednesday at 6:30 a.m local time, show a river of hot, molten lava making its way down Highway 132 to the bay, a popular vacation spot known for its sandy beaches and snorkelling.

The ever-creeping wall of lava has engulfed two entire seaside housing tracts at the eastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island, an area where civil defense officials said nearly 280 homes once stood.

The obliteration of the Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland subdivisions by a churning river of molten rock some 10 to 15 feet tall brings to at least 350 the number of homes and other structures consumed by volcanic lava during the past month.