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Lava from the Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes on the Big Island overnight.

Lava early Tuesday destroyed the mayor's second home, Snyder said.

Thousands in the Puna area had to evacuate after lava fissures started opening in neighbourhoods a month ago. The area is primarily home to vacation rentals, but there are a lot of permanent residences there too.

And it not only took homes, it completely filled Kapoho Bay, extending.8 miles from the coastline. The USGS reported that lava had inundated most of the nearby Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland subdivisions.

The latest Kilauea eruption began on May 3 and has unleashed towering clouds of ash, hurled bombs of lava, and dumped rivers of molten rock into the tropical countryside, engulfing lush green landscapes and serene neighborhoods without discretion. The flow prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze, a nasty mashup of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air. To the north, lava has covered all but a small portion of Kapoho Beach Lots.

Hawaii's exploding Kilauea volcano is now erupting huge balls of lava which are shooting into the sky before falling down to the sea. "It's hard because obviously a lot of people have lost a lot more than just a lovely place to visit and memories".

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"I just locked my doors and walked away", 28-year Vacationland resident Betty Oberman said.

Kathy Emery, who evacuated from her 5-acre farm in Kapoho, said she doesn't know if she has a home to go back to.

On May 4, a 6.9-magnitude quake was centered near the south flank of Kilauea one hour after a 5.4-magnitude natural disaster struck nearby, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. "On the northern end of that, there are just a few homes in the (Kapoho) beach lots area".

She reminisced about taking her daughter to swim in the ocean for the first time in a local swimming spot known as Champagne Ponds. The homes lost in the Kapoho lava flow are not a part of the county's official tally of 130.

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