26 homes destroyed in Hawaii as lava seeps into subdivision

Residents of Hawaii continue to watch as lava destroys their homes.

As of yesterday, officials say 26 homes have been destroyed as lava spews hundreds of feet into the air while newly opened fissures belch toxic gas and scalding steam.

Homeowners from Leilani Estates subdivision watch with trepidation as the molten rock continues to push through their neighbourhood.

More than 1,700 residents who were evacuated were allowed to briefly return to their homes to grab medicine, pets, and other necessities.

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes; it has been erupting continuously since 1983.