The number of homes destroyed by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano jumped to 35 Monday night as scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet into the air.
Some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time.
Hawaii officials said the decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. Officials updated the number of lost homes after an aerial survey of the subdivision.
“That number could change,” Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said.
Since the eruptions started Thursday night, at least 12 fissures have opened up across the community — one of which sent lava fountains soaring as high as 200+ feet in the air over the weekend. Authorities say so far at least 35 structures have been destroyed, including at least 26 homes.