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Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday in Hawaii

Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday in Hawaii

Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday in Hawaii
May 05
05:12 2018

Fountains of lava gushed out of the ground Friday on the Big Island of Hawaii, and residents were forced to flee from threats of fires and dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide gas.

The Kilauea volcano started sending billowing clouds of steam and volcanic ash into the sky Thursday, prompting emergency officials to order mandatory evacuations. Friday, authorities continued to warn residents to stay away as molten rock shot 80 to 100 feet into the air from cracks in the ground in Leilani Estates, a subdivision in the Puna district. Later Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.3-magnitude earthquake near the volcano, followed about an hour later by a 6.9-magnitude one.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said there was “active volcanic fountaining” in the neighborhood, and the USGS said that at least four fissure vents have opened in the subdivision so far – and that more outbreaks are likely to occur along the rift zone.

At least two homes in the subdivision caught fire, Hawaii News Now reported.

As Kilauea roared to life, the deafening sound of grinding rocks echoed in the air and fiery red-orange lava could be seen spurting from the ground.

“It sounded like there were rocks in a dryer that were being tumbled around,” said Jeremiah Osuna, who lives near Leilani Estates. “You could hear the power of it pushing out of the ground.”

Emergency officials reported dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide in the evacuation area. Residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens were ordered to evacuate to two nearby community centers serving as shelters.
A state of emergency was issued by the County of Hawaii’s acting mayor, and Gov. David Ige, D, issued an emergency proclamation and activated Hawaii’s National Guard to help with evacuations.

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