Almost 2000 evacuated away from Hawaii volcano

Cristina Cross
May 7, 2018

Garnett said she left the animals water but anxious they might die from the poison gases that often accompany this kind of lava flow.

Almost 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes on Hawaii's Big Island after the Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets.

Lava flows from the volcano, considered one of 5 on the island, have coated 48 sq. miles, in keeping with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Hawaii Fire Department reported "extremely risky air quality conditions due to high levels of sulfur dioxide gas in the evacuation area", civil defense officials said on Saturday.

Kauahikaua said that the current seismic activity is similar to what preceded an eruption of Kilauea Volcano in the lower Puna district in 1955.

A new fissure erupts Saturday in Leilani Estates in Pahoa, Hawaii. The gas can cause skin irritations and breathing difficulties.

He monitored distant cameras arrange in his residence and stated his residence was nonetheless intact.

He's living out of his van with his wife at the nearby community center and constantly thinks about the things they were forced to leave behind - but understands why authorities are keeping residents out.

In 2014, lava burned a home and smothered a cemetery because it approached Pahoa, the city closest to Leilani Estates.

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Acolumn of robust, reddish-brown ash plume occurred after a magnitude 6.9 South Flank of Kīlauea natural disaster shook the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Kilauea (pronounced kill-ah-WAY'-ah), one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been erupting continuously since 1983.

KHON reported that some viewers on the island of Oahu, about 200 miles away, felt the shaking.

Officials at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, scene of a mandatory evacuation order Friday, were assessing roads and trails on Sunday as they weighed whether to reopen.

"Volcanic vents are erupting on Makamae and Mohala Streets, all Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision residents are ordered to evacuate immediately", civil defense officials tweeted.

"I urge residents in Leilani Estates and the surrounding areas to follow instructions".

Neil Valentine and his family also left their home Thursday night in Leilani Estates.

Airport officials monitored the runways in Hilo for natural disaster damage, and jetliners coming from the mainland carried extra fuel, so they could divert to Honolulu if the volcano becomes more active. The series of quakes came after a collapseof a crater floor of Puu Oo. Residents were anxious it would cover the town's main road and cut off the community from the rest of the island, but the molten rock stalled.

By Sunday morning on Hawaii, the overall number of total cracks that have at one point spewed or sputtered lava had risen to 10. It tends to ooze lava from fissures in its sides, which often gives residents at least a few hours' warning before it reaches their property.

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