Hawaii in shock after double blow of quakes and volcanoes

Hawaii: evacuations ordered as Kilauea volcano erupts

"It doesn't look like it is slowing down", he said.

"That number could change", Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said on Sunday.

Hundreds of people have evacuated from Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people, and Lanipuna Gardens.

"We have no idea if our home is still standing", she said.

"People are scared", said Matthew Purvis, a pastor who runs a bakery in the town of Pahoa.

Authorities said more lava fissures opened overnight in the Leilani Estates area, where lava leapt up to 230 feet (70 meters) into the air. The lava flow has prompted the mandatory evacuation of about 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates. The footage from the unmanned aerial vehicle shows the lava oozing through the local forest.

Kauahikaua said that the current seismic activity is similar to what preceded an eruption of Kilauea Volcano in the lower Puna district in 1955.

"I'm somewhat fatalistic: if it happens, it happens", he said. My mother was out of portable oxygen, so that's a first concern.

She left Rutherford County four years ago to start a new life in Hawaii. "That methane gas can get trapped in pockets beneath lava flows or underground, and explode out violently, throwing rocks and debris in every direction", Stovall said.

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Almost 2000 people had been evacuated as lava destroyed houses and sulphur dioxide gas levels rose to unsafe levels.

Hawaiian Electric Light Co., meanwhile, said power has been interrupted to Leilani Estates due to lava affecting power lines. Spokeswoman Rhea Lee-Moku said power has been restored to about half of the customers, but sulfur gas levels in some areas are beyond what Hawaii Electric Light deems safe so they can not work in those places.

She said: "As a realtor, I can tell you that people move here thinking it's paradise, and what they learn is that it's something different".

When the larger quake followed, he said he felt strong shaking in Hilo, the island's largest city that is roughly 45 minutes from the rural Puna area.

Henry Calio says he noticed cracks in the driveway of his retirement dream home in the community of Leilani Estates. "I couldn't believe it". Volcanic eruptions can release potentially risky sulfur dioxide - and fire department personnel have detected high levels of the gas in the evacuation area, the civil defense agency said.

The volcanologist declared: "The gases can cause quite a bit of respiratory distress as well as irritation of the eyes especially if people already have respiratory issues like asthma".

Following the eruption, Hawaii Governor David Ige had activated the National Guard to help with evacuations and security. Leilani Estates sits along the zone. "Please be alert and prepare now to keep your family safe", he tweeted.

"A collapse of the Pu'u" "O'o crater floor Monday afternoon on Kilauea Volcano's East Rift Zone has prompted an increase in seismicity and deformation along a large section of the rift neon, with seismicity now occurring as far east as Hwy 130".

They also warned of the health hazards from high levels of volcanic gas, including sulphur dioxide, and smoke from burning houses and burning asphalt is a health concern and should be avoided.

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