More than 400 power poles and other equipment have been destroyed by the encroaching lava, Hawaii Electric Light Co. said. In addition, most of Vacationland and all but the northern edge of Kapoho Beach Lots have been inundated with lava.
Four weeks have passed since the first eruption rocked Hawaii's Big Island and lava continues oozing from volcanic fissures, burning homes to the ground and turning into rivers of molten rock. Officials had previously been updating the number of structures burned because it was hard to tell from aerial surveys which were homes or other buildings.
Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters that people needed to stay at least 1,000 feet back from the bay to avoid health effects from the laze, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.
A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday.
Here's the lava from Fissure 8 in Kapoho Bay, 24 hours earlier on Sunday morning..
Residents in the nearby areas should also be prepared to evacuate with little notice, officials said.
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"Persons remaining in the mandatory evacuation area.do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond", Mayor Harry Kim has warned.
Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny glass particles into the air.
This image from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows shows the lava flow originating from Fissure 8 (not visible in photograph) entering Kapoho Bay on Monday.
The USGS said this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 volcanic events.
There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas. He faces charges that include refusing to evacuate and reckless driving.