Officials confirm at least 700 homes have been lost to lava

Fissure 8 and Leilani Estates viewed from the south on Monday. (photo courtesy/u.s. geological survey)

HILO — Hawaii County officially confirmed Monday what had long been presumed true: At least 700 homes have been destroyed since May 3 when lava from Kilauea volcano began erupting in Leilani Estates.