(BIVN) – Fissure 8 is still active and producing a large channelized flow that has inundated Vacationland and most of Kapoho Beach Lots, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported at noon on Tuesday.
The lava ocean entry has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending 0.7 miles from shore, officials say. A large laze plume is blowing inland into the air along the coastline.
Videographer Mick Kalber once again provided video taken over Kapoho by helicopter, recorded earlier Tuesday morning. Kalber has documented the advance of the lava flow, which he estimates has “destroyed nearly 200 homes in just the past 36 hours.”
“The beach communities of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, some six miles downslope from the main active vent were inundated late Sunday evening,” Kalber wrote today. “By this morning, lava had absolutely decimated the pristine coastal vacation spots, which included some of the best snorkeling reefs in East Hawaii. Many of the homes in the upscale gated community of Kapoho Beach Lots were valued at several million dollars each. These were vacation homes and rentals, as well as primary residences.”
“Residents of the Puna District in East Hawaii are reeling from this latest blow,” Kalber added, “many displaced, seeking shelter with friends, relatives, and in community facilities throughout the island.”
Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials, civil defense repeated in its noon message. There is no curfew.
A short time ago, Governor David Ige announced he has signed a second supplemental emergency proclamation “adding housing and law-enforcement provisions to ensure the health and safety of the people who have been most affected by the ongoing Kīlauea eruption.”
“The lava flow has expanded and overrun more communities as it’s advanced, and earthquakes continue to rock the area,” the governor said in a media release. “Hundreds of structures have been destroyed, including residential homes. I’m working closely with Mayor Kim and FEMA to develop a housing plan, and this supplemental proclamation gives the county more options for suitable shelters and rapid rehousing efforts.”
According to the governor’s office, the second supplemental proclamation permits the governor and/or mayor to take the following actions with respect to housing:
- Establish guidelines for providing accommodations and shelter
- Identify county, state and private locations and facilities suitable for use as shelters
- Provide for relocation and rehabilitation for disaster victims
- Make state lands available for housing
“As the size of the affected area has grown, so have the challenges of keeping the residents and their property safe,” Governor Ige stated. “We’ve had people who refuse to comply with officials who are trying to control access into extremely hazardous areas, putting themselves and our first responders at risk. The combined federal, state and county efforts are focused on the health and safety of our community. The emergency rules we are adopting will increase criminal penalties for those who do not obey emergency officials.”
The second supplemental proclamation sets criminal penalties for those violating emergency rules, including:
- Interfering with emergency personnel
- Failing to comply with reasonable directions of emergency personnel
- Failing to evacuate
- Violating curfew
The emergency rules also prohibit the operation of drones in the incident area, the state says.