Hundreds of small earthquakes continued to rumble through the area Saturday, one day after a magnitude-6.9 temblor hit - the largest quake to hit Hawaii in more than 40 years.
The lava could eventually be channeled to one powerful vent while others go dormant, as has happened in some previous Hawaii eruptions, Stovall said.
However, he added, damages may be covered if a house were to burn down because of the lava flow.
In the video, you can see the steaming lava emerging from the underbrush, fully covering the road, and ultimately consuming a parked vehicle that was, unfortunately, not moved.
Amber Makuakane, a mother of two who lived in Leilani Estates, saw her home burned down by lava. An estimated 1,800 people live in the affected area, and many have sought housing in shelters, with friends or on surrounding islands.
Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno told CNN affiliate KHON Saturday that some first responders had been affected by the gasses on the first night when levels were particularly high - experiencing "headaches and so forth" - but that they had recovered.
The Civil Defense Agency said 26 homes had been destroyed as of Sunday evening - and, alarmingly, no one knows when this natural disaster will blow over.
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Ten fissures in the ground have opened up so far, according to the Civil Defence Agency, spewing out lava and hazardous fumes.
Even worse, cracks emerged in the volcano's East Rift Zone - an area of fissures miles away from the volcano's summit.
"Please, the residents of Leilani need your help". It's often expelled in large amounts during a volcanic eruption. "You can help tremendously by staying out of the area", the Civil Defense Agency said in the update.
Montoya, her husband and daughter don't know how long they will be away from the three-story octagonal house they built almost 20 years ago in a patch of "raw jungle". "Am I going to have to move to somewhere else on the island?"
"It is true that the spirit of ALOHA is alive and well", she said.
When Jordan Sonner bought her property in 2016, she knew the neighborhood sat in the shadow of the Kilauea volcano. The contents of the crater seeped into a network of underground channels and flowed downhill _ and on Thursday started gushing out of cracks that had opened in Leilani Estates. Another four unspecified structures were covered by lava, officials said in revised figures issued Sunday. "You lose your income and you lose your home at the same time", said McArthur, who's had the farm for about 20 years.
Sonner was at work this week when she heard that lava had erupted in her neighborhood. The semi-rural wooded area of Leilani Estates had become a magnet for newcomers to Hawaii's Big Island who were prepared to risk living near to an active volcano in return for more affordable real-estate prices.