Lava in Vacationland early Tuesday claimed the second home of Harry Kim, the mayor of the Big Island, Snyder said.
The official said aerial surveillance of the area showed only the northern portion of Kapoho Beach and the southernmost "sliver" of Vacationland - the latter consisting of only about half a dozen homes - were left unscathed.
Vacationland has been completely covered by lava, and overnight the flow expanded north by 100 m within Kapoho Beach Lots.
At least 117 homes have already been taken by lava in the Lanipuna Gardens and Leilani Estates neighbourhoods where lava surfaced more than a month ago.
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The lava flow destroyed a freshwater lake, boiling all the water in it late Saturday, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported . The flow of lava especially from fissure eight has cut off Puna Kapoho and several residents had to be airlifted to safety.
When asked at a news conference Monday about the number of evacuations, he said he didn't have a good estimate because up to 80% of the houses in some areas are vacation rentals. As the lava enters the cool ocean a new delta is forming in Kapoho Bay, the actual boundaries of the island are transforming as they film.
Governor David Ige signed a second supplemental emergency proclamation on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that gives the county more options for shelters and sets criminal penalties for violating emergency rules, such as failing to evacuate and interfering with emergency workers.
"This could go on for months", she said.
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Civil defense spokeswoman Janet Snyder said later county tax records show the two subdivisions consist of 279 homes combined and that "many of those 279 homes are feared destroyed". "It's hard because obviously a lot of people have lost a lot more than just a lovely place to visit and memories". She said it would be some time before precise losses were confirmed.
Almost a dozen people were left stranded in an area cut off by lava on Sunday.
Residents in the nearby areas should also be prepared to evacuate with little notice, officials said. One home was lost in a separate 2014 lava flow in the commercial hub of Pahoa.
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