More than 100 in shelters after volcano erupts

Road closed at Kahukai Street and Leilani Avenue in Leilani Estates as a precaution after cracks were found on the road. PC Mike Enriquez

Road closed at Kahukai Street and Leilani Avenue in Leilani Estates as a precaution after cracks were found on the road. PC Mike Enriquez

Although lava moves very slowly, Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS), said residents should remain alert and vigilant.

Almost 2,000 people on Hawaii's Big Island have been evacuated from homes after lava eruptions destroyed five houses and sulfur dioxide gas threatened to harm anyone who stayed in the residential area, officials said.

The active volcano has been spewing super hot lava into residential areas for the past few days through small lava fissures emerging from the ground throughout the island.

Residents who have chosen to ignore orders to evacuate are making a grave mistake, Stovall said, as they could potentially be exposed to another gas - sulfur dioxide.

So far no fatalities or major injuries have been reported from the volcano, which began erupting on Thursday but at least 26 homes have been destroyed, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

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

Images showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road and a line of lava snaking through a forest.

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Volcanic eruptions release the gas, and exposure to high levels can be life-threatening, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

He monitored distant cameras arrange in his residence and stated his residence was nonetheless intact. They came just as some residents were trying to evacuate, causing more complications and panic.

Portions of roads have been overtaken by the lava, and a few homes have been destroyed as well.

A 6.9-magnitude quake, which is the strongest one to have hit the state of Hawaii in over 43 years, has forced authorities to call a mandatory evacuation.

Hawaii Electric Light said the jolt knocked out power to about 14,400 customers, but electricity was restored about two hours later.

More than 100 people are staying the night in shelters after Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted.

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

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park evacuated all visitors and non-emergency staff.

And volcanoes, unlike many other natural hazards, usually give clues to what is coming. Gabbard said more than 1,800 residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens had been ordered to leave their homes since Thursday.

A single mother of two says she is devastated that her Big Island home was burned to the ground by a lava flow.

One woman angrily told police guarding Leilani Estates that she was going in and they couldn't arrest her.

And the earthquakes did not stop, they kept moving east, past Highway 130, the main road connecting communities on the southeastern corner of the Big Island, and scientists and civil engineers (and residents) became anxious that there could be an eruption close to communities.

Some officials said that the noxious fumes from the fissures was likely the biggest threat to public health, even as the island continues to be covered in lava.

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