A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to almost 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday.
The natural disaster hit 3:51 p.m. local time and didn't cause a tsunami threat.
About 500 homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were in the direct path of the lava, officials from the County of Hawaii Civil Defense told ABC News.
The site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea's summit and from giant fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern side.
Residents are again advised to keep their distance from the lava entering the ocean as the laze produced can cause lung damage and skin irritation. But the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said the fallout will affect the volcano and Pahala areas, and cautioned about the possibility of aftershocks.
Footage has also now emerged of lava flow from fissures crashing into the Pacific Ocean in Kapoho Bay.
At least 117 homes have been destroyed in the four weeks since lava began flowing, said Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno.More news: Moochin' millennial finally leaves the nest after being evicted
Lava emerges from the ground after Kilauea Volcano erupted, on Hawaii's Big Island May 3, 2018, in this still image taken from video obtained from social media. Kahele said the devastation in the area was unprecedented.
No injuries were reported in the area, which had previously been evacuated.
Its website says: "Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens". "This is something most of us will never see in our lifetime", he said.
Three people were evacuated from an isolated part of the Kapoho community Sunday, according to the Hawaii Fire Department.
The volcano erupted in early May and has resulted in thousands of evacuations and rampant destruction ever since.
There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas. Police on Monday said a 62-year-old man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching.
In addition, at over four weeks, this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.