Kilauea destroys 600 homes, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times

– June 8, 2018

The number of homes destroyed by lava has reached 600 since Kilauea started erupting on May 3, 2018, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times and the most destructive in the United States since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

The number surpasses by far the 215 structures destroyed during Kilauea’s earlier eruption cycle that began in 1983 and continued nearly nonstop over the next three decades. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, whose house was also recently destroyed, said Kilauea has never destroyed so many homes before in such a short period of time.

This is now Hawaii’s most destructive eruption in modern times and the most destructive eruption in the United States since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Mayor Kim said Vacationland, with some 160 homes, was completely erased, adding that at least 330 houses were destroyed at Kapoho Beach Lots and the rest in the Leilani Estates area.

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