Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

More than 100 in shelters after volcano erupts

More than 100 in shelters after volcano erupts

Aerial shots over the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater and other parts of Kiluaea show smoke, steam and ash emanating from the volcano, while other views have shown "skylights" or holes in the surface that reveal lava flowing below.

Resident Jeremiah Osuna captured drone footage of the lava burning through the trees, a scene he described as a "curtain of fire".

"It sounded like if you were to put a bunch of rocks into a dryer and turn it on as high as you could", he told Honolulu television station KOHN.

People trying to enter the subdivision to see the lava were frustrating evacuation efforts, but overall the evacuations were going well, Kim said.

The historic eruption lasted just over a month.

Earlier Thursday, seismic activity had flagged - a good sign - but officials continued to stress that residents along Kilauea's east rift zone should continue to prepare for a possible eruption. It won't be just an hours-long eruption probably, but how long it will last will depend on whether the summit magma reservoir gets involved.

Scientists have no way of predicting how long the eruption will continue, said Asta Miklius, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Civil defense officials said Friday in a statement that about 1,500 residents of the Leilani Subdivision were ordered to evacuate from about 770 buildings.

'New ground cracks' Governor David Ige activated the archipelago state's National Guard troops, and told residents to pay heed to warnings from the Civil Defense Agency. Both the county and state were issuing emergency proclamations.

Ranson Yoneda, the recreation director for a Pahoa community center, was readying the gymnasium for evacuees after it was selected as a Red Cross evacuation center.

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The US Geological Survey revised the most severe quake to a magnitude 5 from the 4.6 reported earlier. Hot vapor emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt.

She said activity from that particular fissure had stopped, but warned additional eruptions could occur and urged Hawaiians to following advice from authorities.

Since Monday, there has been hundreds of small earthquakes recorded on the Big Island, one day before the Pu'o O'o crater floor collapsed.

This action was taken after consultation with Hawaii County Emergency and Parks and Recreation which recommended the closures due to natural disaster activity in the Puna area.

"Hawaii Fire Department reports extremely high levels of unsafe Sulfur Dioxide gas detected in the evacuation area", the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said.

Residents of that impacted area, some 1,700 people, were under mandatory evacuation after the burst from Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Law enforcement sources tell Hawaii News Now that lava is being spotted in the community, including seeping out of cracks in the road.

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