Volcano Update

Lava destroyed three more houses in Kapoho Beach Lots this week, according to Hawaii County.

Two were destroyed Thursday and one was lost Friday.

The county confirmed 668 homes have been destroyed by the eruption since May 3. That number does not include the three most recent homes lost. A few homes remain near the edge of the flow.

The lava flow from fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to enter the ocean near Kapoho. The spatter cone was 180 feet tall Friday.

According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the flow has crusted over within a half-mile from the ocean, with lava moving underneath.

A collapse explosion occurred at the Kilauea summit Friday morning.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman said the agency has approved $1.2 million through its individual assistance program.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $829,400 in loans for victims of the eruption. Seven loans are for homeowners while two are for businesses.

According to FEMA, 1,769 households have registered for assistance at its disaster relief center at Keaau High School.

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