Residents in Puna’s Leilani Estates have been forced to evacuate their homes after a volcano erupted in Kilauea’s east rift zone.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have said the eruption which started late Thursday afternoon created a fissure that sent lava shooting as high as 125ft in the air.
Geologists confirmed at around 10:30pm that the fissure was no longer erupting. However they stressed that lava outbreaks were still a possibility.
“The opening phases of fissure eruptions are dynamic and uncertain. It is not possible at this time to say when and where new vents may occur,”
Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation and issued a statement saying the;
“danger is of such magnitude that it warrants preemptive and protective action in order to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the residents.”
An estimated 1,700 residents have been evacuated. Volcano officials have said there was no way to predict how long the eruption on Kilauea Volcano will continue.