Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupts, forcing evacuations
The Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii‘s Big Island came to life on Thursday (May 3), belching ash into the sky and spewing fountains of lava in a residential area where people were ordered to leave their homes, officials said.
Video posted on social media showed authorities closing roads as Lava spurted from the ground.
The eruption occurred after a series of earthquakes on the island over the last couple of days, including a 5.0 tremor at about 10:30 a.m., the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.
Residents in the Puna community of Leilani Estates, home to about 1,700 people, were ordered to evacuate after public works officials reported steam and lava emissions from a crack at about 4:30 p.m. local time, according to media and the county’s Civil Defense Agency.
The leading edge of the lava can reach temperatures of about 2,100 Fahrenheit (1,149 Celsius).