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A neighborhood surrounded.
HERE COMES PELE

New aerial photos show Kilauea’s lava devouring neighborhoods

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

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New aerial photos from Hawaii’s Big Island show homes and neighborhoods being engulfed by the river of lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The volcano, one of Hawaii’s most active, has been erupting since 1983, but the last month has seen a massive uptick in activity.

So far, the recent eruptions have destroyed at least 117 homes on the Big Island, the AP reports. On June 1, that estimate stood at 87. Officials are updating the number of homes lost as they conduct more aerial surveys to get a full view of the damage, and expect the tally to rise.

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Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area on June 5.
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Dead trees lie in a lava flow on the outskirts of Pahoa.
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Lava flows into the Pacific Ocean.
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Lava flows across a highway on the outskirts of Pahoa.
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Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions.
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Lava threatens homes on the outskirts of Pahoa.
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Lava erupts in Leilani Estates.
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Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area.
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A home on fire in the Kapoho area.
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Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area.
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