Over the past week, the lava erupting from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano fissures advanced through two small residential subdivisions along Kapoho Bay, reaching the Pacific Ocean, and wiping out nearly a hundred homes. Geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say that lava is consistently fountaining from Fissure 8, reaching heights up to 180 feet, feeding the flow. Reuters quoted civil defense officials saying that the lava has now filled in Kapoho Bay, “what used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, almost a mile out into the ocean.”

1. Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on June 5, 2018.
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2. Lava flow from fissure 8 enters Kapoho Bay on June 4, 2018. An aerial photograph at approximately 6:13 a.m. shows the lava flow originating from fissure 8 (not visible in photograph) entering Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry was reported to have occurred by 10:30 p.m. on the night of June 3, 2018.
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3. Lava erupts from a fissure in the Leilani Estates neighborhood during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano on June 5, 2018.
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4. Lava flows through Leilani Estates on June 5, 2018.
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5. Lava flows on the outskirts of Pahoa on June 5, 2018.
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6. Lava flows across a highway near Pahoa on June 5, 2018.
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7. Lava flows surround homes on the outskirts of Pahoa on June 5, 2018.
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8. Darryl Sumiki, 52, of Hilo, watches as glowing lava lights up the sky above Pahoa during ongoing eruptions on June 2, 2018.
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9. People watch from a tour boat as steam rises where lava flows into the Pacific Ocean in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, on June 4, 2018.
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10. People watch from a tour boat as lava flows into the Pacific Ocean in the Kapoho area on June 4, 2018.
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11. Lava flows into the Pacific Ocean east of Pahoa on June 5, 2018.
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12. Steam rises as lava flows into the Pacific Ocean in the Kapoho area on June 4, 2018.
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13. Lava destroys a house while flowing toward the Pacific Ocean in the Kapoho area on June 4, 2018.
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14. Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area on June 5, 2018.
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15. A helicopter flies above as lava destroys homes along Kapoho Bay on June 5, 2018.
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16. Lava reaches the sea and destroys homes along Kapoho Bay, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano, on June 5, 2018.
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