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Res­cue work­ers gather in the dis­as­ter zone cov­ered in vol­canic ash near the Vol­cano of Fire, in the El Rodeo ham­let of Es­cuintla, Gu­atemala. HONOLULU—A neigh­bour­hood called Va­ca­tion­land on Hawaii’s Big Is­land had dis­ap­peared by Wed­nes­day as lava poured into two ocean­front sub­di­vi­sions, smoth­er­ing hun­dreds of homes and fill­ing an ocean bay, turning it into new land that now juts into the sea.

Molten rock en­tirely cov­ered Va­ca­tion­land and only a few build­ings re­mained in the nearby Kapoho sub­di­vi­sion, of­fi­cials with the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said.

Molten rock from the erupt­ing Ki­lauea vol­cano al­ready has de­stroyed at least 117 homes in the La­nipuna Gar­dens and Leilani Es­tates neigh­bour­hoods where lava sur­faced more than a month ago. The to­tal num­ber of homes de­stroyed in the erup­tion stands at about 400.

Sci­en­tists are still record­ing Most of the Kapoho area in­clud­ing the tide pools is now cov­ered in fresh lava with few prop­er­ties still in­tact.

vig­or­ous vol­canic ac­tiv­ity. Only one crack in the ground is spew­ing molten rock and the height of foun­tain­ing lava has de­creased in re­cent days.

But de­spite this, “it’s still re­ally im­pos­si­ble to tell,” when it will end, said Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey ge­ol­o­gist Wendy Sto­vall. Stay up­dated at thes­tar.com/world


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