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After nearly 11 weeks, eruptions are still claiming homes on the Big Island

The Kua O Ka La Public Charter schoo was destroyed by lava, an overflight confirmed. (Image: Mick Kalber/Tropical Visions Video) The Kua O Ka La Public Charter schoo was destroyed by lava, an overflight confirmed. (Image: Mick Kalber/Tropical Visions Video)
Active eruptions in lower Puna continue, some 10 weeks after they started. (Image: USGS) Active eruptions in lower Puna continue, some 10 weeks after they started. (Image: USGS)
Lava continues to claim homes and buildings in lower Puna. (Image: Mick Kalber/Tropical Visions Video) Lava continues to claim homes and buildings in lower Puna. (Image: Mick Kalber/Tropical Visions Video)
Fissure no. 8 continues to be the most active eruptive vent in lower Puna. (Image: USGS) Fissure no. 8 continues to be the most active eruptive vent in lower Puna. (Image: USGS)
Eruptions show no signs of stopping over 10 weeks since the first fissure opened on the Big Island. (Image: USGS) Eruptions show no signs of stopping over 10 weeks since the first fissure opened on the Big Island. (Image: USGS)
PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's not over yet.

The eruptions on the Big Island are still going strong, nearly 11 weeks after they started.

On Wednesday, authorities said lava overflowing from a vigorous lava channel in Leilani Estates had destroyed "additional structures" on Nohea Street.

It's unclear how many homes were claimed, but officials have put the number of homes destroyed in the ongoing disaster at more than 700.

And the volume of lava flowing from fissure no. 8 in Leilani Estates doesn't seem to be slowing either.

It continues to feed flows that are emptying off Kapoho, creating new land — and unstable conditions in the water.

On Monday, a lava explosion off Kapoho sent debris and rock flying into the air and landing onto a tour boat. That explosion injured 23 passengers.

Last week, the lava also claimed charter school and beloved park.

For days, the community has anxiously watched and waited as lava from fissure 8 closed in on the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School. There was uncertainty over the path of the lava flow and hopes that the school would be spared.

But an overflight last Thursday confirmed the community's worst fears: Both Ahalanui Beach Park — also known as Warm Ponds — and Kua O Ka La School have been covered by lava.

Since eruptions started May 3, several communities have been decimated or left unrecognizable. In addition to the homes that have been destroyed, hundreds of others have sustained damage, are unlivable — because of volcanic emissions — or are inaccessible.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists say lava now covers more than 6,100 acres on the Big Island.

Lava flowing off Kapoho has created at least 405 acres of new land. 

Meanwhile, collapse explosions continue at the summit of Kilauea, happening on an almost daily basis. 

As eruptions continue, residents who have lost their homes — or who can't return to them because of toxic gases, or lava cutting across access points — are scrambling for housing solutions. So far, those solutions have been hard to find.

The bigger picture on Hawaii Island remains the same, though: The eruption is ongoing and it's not clear when it will end.

This story will be updated. 

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