Kilauea volcano erupts in Hawaii's Big Island

May 4, 2018 | Environment
Kilauea Volcano:

Thirty-five years later, the Kilauea volcano erupted, and lava start to flow into the local forest and through cracks in the road.

People who live in the nearby residential areas have been ordered to leave their homes. More than 10,000 residents fled their properties in Hawaii's Big Island.

At 8 pm, Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation for the territory. The Governor of Hawaii activated the Hawaii National Guard to provide support to county emergency response personnel to help with evacuations and security.

Residents in Leilani Estates and the surrounding areas were told to follow instructions from the County of Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency, be alert, and prepare to keep their families safe.

Around 1,700 people have been evacuated from this area, and some of them were sheltered at the Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Community Center. Local residents say they could hear the roar coming from the ground.

Recently, around 100 small earthquakes were felt south of the Puu Oo volcano cone. The events triggered the collapse of the crater and the rise of giant pink plumes of ash and smoke.

Lava can reach temperatures of 2100 °F (1,149 °C). The Big Island is the largest of the eight main Hawaiian islands and has five major volcanoes: Hualalai, Kilauea, Kohala, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa.

In 1924, the eruption of the Kilauea volcano spewed ash and giant rocks into the sky and killed one man. In 1983, the eruption of Puu Oo spewed fountains of lava more than 1,500 feet high.