Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area, but up to a dozen residents who stayed in their homes could be dead, officials said.
Most of the Kapoho area including the tide pools is now covered in fresh lava with few properties still intact as the Kilauea Volcano lower east rift zone eruption continues on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii.
Geologists on Hawaii's Big Island are expecting further seismic activity to intensify and cause more explosions at the Kilauea summit. The eruption is one of the most destructive in US history, though amazingly no one has been killed and only one injury has been reported.
Lava completely covered the Big Island's Vacationland neighborhood, destroying hundreds of homes and pouring into the Kapoho Bay, where it formed at least 0.8 miles of land that juts into the sea, the Associated Press reports. Sitting above an active lava lake, the erupting Kilauea has now covered almost 8 square miles of land with molten rock, with ash plumes rising overhead to 30,000 feet high. About 100 structures had been destroyed before the latest eruption, but about 500 homes in the communities of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were in the direct path of the lava. The rest of the losses have occurred in the Leilani Estates area, where the toll of destruction has been steadily rising by the day.
So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's Hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcanic goddess of Hawaiian myth.
Officials with the USGS say there is no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open.