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Some Hawaii residents warned to 'go now' as eruptions spread

Some Hawaii residents warned to 'go now' as eruptions spread

On Friday, lava spatter was being launched over power lines.

"There's no sign of this slowing down", Hawaii's Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said Sunday.

Lava spewing in fountains up to 300 feet (90 meters) high from an erupting Hawaiian volcano has destroyed 35 homes and other buildings, officials said on Monday, warning residents allowed brief visits to their properties to be prepared to flee at a moment's notice. Harry Kim, mayor of Hawaii County, said the government will support residents, including those who want to go back to their homes to pick up some belongings.

One evacuee said he was having a farewell dinner with friends when cops knocked at his house and gave them only five minutes to pack and leave.

Helicopter footage shows lava flowing through the residential areas of the island, from which nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated so far.

Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder says only one fissure has active lava flowing, though at last count a total of nine vents had opened up as of 9:30 p.m.

Authorities in Hawaii ordered more residents to leave the Leilani Estates area as lave flows and gas eruptions from Kilauea volcano continued.

But even a quick visit home could be risky. "She's 88 years old", he told CNN affiliate KHON.

Smoke can be seen billowing off the lava as it creeps down roads and through wooded areas toward homes. "I had faith in the gods that my house is going to be OK".

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About 14,000 customers of Hawaii Electric Light lost power immediately after the quake.

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park said on Twitter Saturday that "if volcanic and seismic activity remain at current levels", some areas of the park could reopen Sunday afternoon.

KHON reported that some viewers on the island of Oahu, about 200 miles away, felt the shaking. However, one is not showing activity at this time, Hawaii's Civil Defence said.

"You could just smell sulfur and burning trees and underbrush and stuff", Osuna said. "I was kind of shaken a little bit and realizing how real everything is, and how unsafe living on the East Rift can be".

However ground deformation was continuing and there was high natural disaster activity in the area, it said.

The eruptions have released high levels of sulfur dioxide into the air, and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says the gas can be life-threatening. Senior citizens, the young and people with respiratory issues are especially vulnerable to the gas, the state's Emergency Management Agency said.

The crater floor began to collapse on Monday, triggering earthquakes and pushing lava into new underground chambers that carried it toward Leilani Estates and nearby communities. "Please be alert and prepare now to keep your family safe", he tweeted.

Most of the destroyed homes are in the Leilani Estates area, including that of Amber Makuakane Kane, 37, a teacher and mother-of-two whose three-bedroom house was caught in the lava flow.

Since Monday, several hundred earthquakes - a lot of them around magnitude 2.0 - have been recorded in the area. Aftershocks from yesterday's M6.9 quake continue and more should be expected, with larger aftershocks potentially producing rockfalls and associated ash clouds above Puu Oo and Halemaumau Crater.


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