Vacationland completely covered by lava

  • This view, looking south at Kilauea's lower East Rift Zone, was captured during HVO's 6 a.m. Wednesday helicopter overflight. It shows continued fountaining of fissure 8 and the lava flow channel fed by it. Lava continues to flow quickly in these braided channels; the flow margins are currently stable and have not experienced any breakouts since June 5. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • Janet Snyder, spokeswoman for Mayor Harry Kim, confirmed Wednesday morning that lava from Kilauea volcano had completely covered the subdivision in Kapoho and at last report, just a small portion of Kapoho Beach Lots remained. USGS
  • A robust laze (lava haze) plume rises from the northern side of the fissure 8 lava flow margins in the former Kapoho Bay. As of 6 a.m. Wednesday this part of the flow front was slowly advancing through the remaining sections of the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • This fish-eye view of the lava delta filling the former Kapoho Bay on Wednesday shows that while the delta margin nearest the ocean has cooled somewhat, the lava flow front is still very hot and producing laze (lava haze). Laze is a local hazard composed of acidic gases and volcanic glass fragments and should be avoided. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Vacationland is gone.