Hawaii volcano eruption destroys 35 facilities (with video)
May 8, 2018 05:40 PM NPT
LEILANI ESTATES, Hawaii, May 8: The destructive tear of this volcanic eruption isn't over yet.
Lava and hazardous fumes continued to spew on Hawaii's Big Island on Monday, four days after the Kilauea volcano erupted.
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has already destroyed 35 homes and buildings and forced 1,700 people to leave their residences since it erupted on Thursday, spewing lava and toxic gas from volcanic vents in a small area of Hawaii's Big Island.
Red hot lava flows engulfed homes, trees, cars and streets - with nothing able to stem the inevitable advance of molten rock.
The white mustang later erupts in flames before being entirely consumed by the lava.
Flames could be seen erupting from the red coals as smoke and steam billowed above it.
Residents have been warned to 'go now' before more homes are destroyed.
'Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice,' the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in an alert on its website. Residents of a second area, Lanipuna Gardens, were barred from returning home on Monday due to deadly volcanic gases.
A new fissure opened Sunday night in the Leilani Estates area some 12 miles from the volcano, prompting a cellphone alert for residents to leave homes to avoid sulfur dioxide gas, which can be life threatening at high levels.