Lava sends up clouds of steam and toxic gases as it enters the Pacific Ocean as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea, Hawaii. Fissure 18 is also producing a slower moving lava flow as well. "Everyone is advised to stay away from active volcanic areas".
Hawai'i Fire Department has evacuated residents in homes along Papaya Farms Road and Noni Farms Road. Around 1:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. ET), civil defense warned the lava could reach Beach Road near Four Corners within four to six hours.
Officials are asking residents to get out now to avoid getting trapped by flaming molten rock, Hawaii County Civil Defense said Monday night.
Fissure 8 has become a dominant feature of the fissure system in Leilani Estates. It was starting to fountain, launching lava 50 feet in the air. After conducting a simple Google search, we witnessed the disturbing effects of mixing confectioners' sugar and sulfuric acid: After intrepid YouTuber CrazyRussianHacker mingles a small amount of each substance in a beaker, a thick, nightmarish charcoal tube forms and snakes out at least a foot.
The lava flow has destroyed more than 80 structures, up from 50 earlier in the week and authorities expect that number to rise.
The latest order was announced a day after police arrested a 62-year-old Leilani Estates resident who fired a handgun over the head of a younger man from the same community, apparently believing his neighbor was an intruder or looter.
"Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates", USGS added. The gas can cause irritation to the eyes, throat and skin, and is especially risky for people with respiratory conditions like asthma.More news: School shooter video game horrifies Parkland parents, pulled prior to release
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The mandatory evacuation zone lies within a slightly larger area that was already under a voluntary evacuation and curfew.
Leilani Estates residents were asked to evacuate due to fissures in the area that have been opening as the volcano's activity levels change.
LOS ANGELES-Authorities urged people in Hawaii Wednesday to evacuate an area at risk of being cut off by a flood of lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano.
Drone footage used to help find a resident from the Kīlauea lava flows.
The kind of hardened lava left by Kilauea's flows is relatively easy to remove with heavy equipment, and officials say contractors started work on Wednesday.
To create the new evacuation route, workers are removing cold, hardened lava from a section of Chain of Craters road, which runs from the coast up the flank of the volcano Kilauea through Volcanoes National Park.