Residents in one of Hawaii’s towns have been evacuated after Kilauea volcano erupted and lava flowing to residential areas.
UPDATE: The lava is flowing onto streets in the subdivision, which consists of about 770 structures. The lava flow has prompted the mandatory evacuation of about 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates.Residents are being sheltered at Pāhoa Community Center & Kea‘au Community Center.
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) May 4, 2018
Pahoa residents were forced to leave the town after stream and lava seeped through a crack in Leilani Estates.
The eruption was followed by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake an hour later.
The warning had comes weeks before when the authorities informed them of the seismic activities, which eventually led to the close of one of the schools in the area.
The last major eruption of Kīlauea volcano was in 2014, which lasted for several months.