Entire Hawaii neighborhood covered by lava

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Terrifying new aerial photos show a growing river of molten rock flowing from a fissure at the foot of Kilauea Volcano destroying homes on Hawaii's Big Island.

Overnight Monday, "hundreds" more were destroyed in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, said Janet Snyder, a Hawaii Civil Defense Service spokeswoman.

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened.

Most area residents have already evacuated. Okabe described the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

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Late Tuesday, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said persistent lava fountaining at Fissure 8 was reaching heights of 150 feet to 180 feet. "Nothing stops it and the direction it goes", Magno said of the lava flow.

Ige is coming to Hilo Thursday to meet with Kim, Snyder said, and the main focus will be on fast-tracking temporary housing.

About 2,000 residents have been displaced from Leilani since earlier this month as fountains of lava and high concentrations of toxic sulfur dioxide gas continued unabated.

"I'm kind of at peace, actually", Johnson said of potentially losing his home of 28 years.

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In addition, most of Vacationland and all but the northern edge of Kapoho Beach Lots have been inundated with lava. In addition, at over four weeks, this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported high levels of natural disaster activity were near Kilauea's summit late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, including a magnitude-5.5 quake at 4:32 a.m., which produced a plume of lava 1,000 feet above the summit. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester) Lava threatens homes in the Kapoho area.

"Destruction from the flow is just off the scale", said Ikaika Marzo, 34, a tour operator on the Big Island who has gained a large following on social media by meticulously documenting Kilauea's eruption. He told reporters that there is still plenty of shelter space but that state officials are working with federal counterparts to work on a plan for housing people who've lost their homes to the lava.

Some chose to stay in the area, which now has no power, cell reception, landlines or county water, officials said.

She reminisced about taking her daughter to swim in the ocean for the first time in a local swimming spot known as Champagne Ponds.

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