700 and counting: Number of homes officially destroyed since lower Puna eruption began increases


    Fissure 8 and Leilani Estates viewed from the south on Monday. Houses in the foreground are located in the southern portion of Leilani Estates. Fissure 8 and the surrounding lava and tephra deposits are shrouded in steam caused by rain water being heated by the warm deposits.

Hawaii County officially confirmed Monday what had long been presumed true: At least 700 homes have been destroyed since May 3 when lava from Kilauea volcano began erupting in Leilani Estates.