Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes Kilauea summit

Hawaii volcano- map of affected area

Hawaii volcano- map of affected area

Lava has inundated most of Vacationland and has covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots.

Authorities say the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has destroyed at least 117 homes.

About 500 homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were in the direct path of the lava, officials from the County of Hawaii Civil Defense told ABC News. She doesn't have an estimate for how many other homes are threatened.

The strongest quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale resulted in the volcano blowing out an ash plume that reached up to 8,000 feet, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

While local first responders searched for people trapped in their homes in isolated areas, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported that fewer than a dozen refused evacuation in an area electrical power, water and telephone service are inoperable.

Lava emerges from the ground after Kilauea Volcano erupted, on Hawaii's Big Island May 3, 2018, in this still image taken from video obtained from social media.

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The latest damage came from a large lava flow that crept several miles (km) before severing a key highway junction at Kapoho on Saturday and then obliterating about a half dozen blocks of the subdivision over the weekend, the spokesman said. "A Hawaiian County Fire Department overflight reported that the lava filled the lake and apparently evaporated all the water", the report said.

"They're down there, we're seeing them, they're not calling for help yet", said Senator Kai Kahele, who is also a major in the Hawaii Air National Guard.

"This is the hottest lava we've seen during this eruption", Wendy Stovall, a scientist with USGS, told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Seaside residents and boaters also have been warned to avoid noxious clouds of laze - a term combining the words "lava" and "haze" - formed when lava reacts with seawater to form a mix of acid fumes, steam and glass-like specks.

The United States Geological Survey provides aerial footage of lava pouring into the Big Island's Kapoho Bay.

The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree.

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