Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupts, forcing evacuations

A plume of ash rises coming from the Puu Oo vent on Hawaii's Kilaueaa Volcano after a magnitude 5.0 earthquake, Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

U.S. Geological Survey via AP

A plume of ash rises coming from the Puu Oo vent on Hawaii’s Kilaueaa Volcano after a magnitude 5.0 earthquake, Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Residents inside the Puna community of Leilani Estates, home to about 1,700 people, were ordered to evacuate after public works officials reported steam along with also lava emissions coming from a crack at about 4:30 p.m. local time, according to media along with also the county’s Civil Defense Agency.

Resident Ikaika Marzo told Hawaii News at which point which he saw “fountains” of lava as high as 125 feet (38 m). additional residents also told the news network which they smelled burning brush along with also heard tree branches snapping.

Footage coming from a drone aired on the Hawaii News at which point website showed lava incinerating trees as which crept near structures.

Two emergency shelters were opened to take in evacuees, the Civil Defense Agency said.

Governor David Ige tweeted which he had activated the Hawaii National Guard to provide help inside the emergency response.

“Please be alert along with also prepare at which point to keep your family safe,” he said on Twitter to residents living near the volcano.

A plume of red ash rose coming from the volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o vent high into the sky over the island, according to photos on social media.

The Puna Geothermal plant was shutting down, according to local media, while Hawaii Electric Light said crews were disconnecting power inside the areas impacted by the active lava flow.

The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting nearly continuously for more than three decades. Lava flows coming from the volcano, one of all 5 on the island, have covered 48 square miles (125 sq km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The leading edge of the lava can reach temperatures of about 2,100 Fahrenheit (1,150 Celsius).

Local officials closed volcano viewing areas while a portion of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was also closed.

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