BIG ISLAND (INTELLIHUB) — Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano exploded about 4:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning which resulted in a monumental lava flow which subsequently triggered the decimation of over 200 homes and a extremely sacred 300-year-old lake.

Hundreds of homes were incinerated after an eruption on the volcano’s summit triggered a magnitude 5.5 earthquake which allowed for fast flowing rivers of lava to reach both Vacationland and Kapoho Beach subdivisions apace.

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No tsunami warning was triggered but Hawaii’s Civil Defense is on red alert.

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Making things worse, Lava from fissure #8 has made its way about a half mile out into Kapoho Bay where it continues to destroy precious sea life.

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Officials have warned that hydrochloric acid and tiny glass particles floating in the air can cause permanent lung damage.

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Newspaper headlines in the region read things like ‘Vacationland gone’ and ‘River of lava claims hundreds more homes‘ which played on residents fears and emotions.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Mango told reporters the lava was “like a flood” and said that it covered “everything in its path.”

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All of the tide pools, fishing ponds, swim holes, and vacation areas within the lava’s path have been destroyed, KHON2 reports.

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