At least 10 rifts have been created that send lava to the subregions Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, where about 1,800 people live. Last week, Hawaii County ordered the evacuation of the subdivisions. According to the Civil Defense Agency of the Hawaiian District, 35 buildings have been destroyed. No deaths or injuries were reported.
The authorities began allowing the residents of Leilani Estates to retrieve their belongings on Sunday, while Lanipuna Gardens remained closed due to dangerous volcanic gases. According to Richard D. Rapoza, a spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, several non-residents were turned away at a checkpoint.
"People want to go down and approach," Mr. Rapoza said. "It's an interesting experience to stand next to some other people next to glowing lava."
In several statements, the Civil Defense Agency of Hawaii stressed that outsiders should clearly say, "This is not the time for sightseeing," the agency added, "The people of Leilani Estates are having a very difficult time for your understanding. "
Although volcanic activity has subsided, the toxic fumes in the Leilani Estates Division continue on Monday, according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory. The civil protection agency had already warned that a high level of deadly sulfur dioxide gas could be generated in the area.
The island has been hit by hundreds of earthquakes in recent days, including a Friday with a magnitude of 6.9. More aftershocks were expected from this earthquake, officials said.
Some residents who have returned have found their homes in flames.
Heath Dalton, who lives in Leilani Estates and was evacuated on Friday, returned home Sunday morning. He drove a truck and a trailer and was planning to pick up boxes of his family's possessions he had previously packed. Instead, he found his house devoured.
He called two neighbors to tell them that their homes were gone. "I look at mine and I can see that my house is burning," said Mr. Dalton, who was unhurt, as well as his wife Denise and her young children. "At that point, I called my wife and said," There is no reason for you to come; there is nothing to get. "
Lava fountains have reached heights of 330 feet, said the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. A video posted by the observatory showed orange and black lava churning smoke and flames as it crawled along a residential street. Other pictures taken by helicopter showed molten rock moving across a subdivision and setting fire to the structures it touched.
Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been in constant eruption for 35 years, according to the United States Geological Survey. Its lava flows have covered 48 square miles. Mr. Tarson, who started the Epic Lava Tours touring business three years ago, conducted a "reconnaissance mission" on Saturday to help a friend retrieve a dog that had been left behind in flight  He turned to go, he said, the earth opening in front of him as a new crack, the eighth of ten, ripped the ground.
"It's like our life," he said. "Every day it moves and changes."