The number of structures destroyed by lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano rose to 82 late Friday, local media reported.
Officials said the number is likely to rise even more as active eruptions continue on the Big Island volcano's lower east rift zone, according to Hawaii News Now (HNN).
Lava has cut off access to at least 37 homes, HNN said while referring to a press conference held Friday by Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno.
‘We've had so much activity in the last few days. We probably got more [homes destroyed] because more structures were taken out in the last 24 hours,’ Magno said.
Authorities have urged residents to avoid driving, stay indoors and listen for broadcast updates.
Kilauea has been rumbling for weeks, spewing lava from fissures opening in the slopes of the volcano well away from the summit, forcing the evacuation of housing subdivisions and destroying scores of homes.
The eruption began April 30 with the collapse of a lava-filled crater in the volcano, raising pressure from underground magma, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The island of Hawaii, for which the Pacific archipelago is named, has been continually rattled by earthquakes this month, the strongest on May 4 hitting magnitude 6.9 and being felt on other Hawaiian islands.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed to visitors.
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