Evacuate now : This is an order on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hundreds of earthquakes in Hawaii had been measured Thursday morning on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, one quake was measured with a 5.0 strength.

Thursday night the County of Hawaii  Civil Defence an hour ago issued a mayday for the Big Island with a mandatory evacuation order.

Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said Thursday red lava emerged on Mohala Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision. The county is ordering evacuations for homes from Luana Street to Pohohiki Road. Hawaii’s Kilauea has erupted.

Residents and tourists in the area must evacuate immediately. This order effects about 10,000 residents.  The Department of Public Works reports steam and lava emissions from a crack in Leilani Subdivision in the area of Mohala Street.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • An emergency proclamation is now in effect CLICK HERE to read the emergency proclamation
  • All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate.
  • The Pahoa Regional Community Center near the new Pahoa Regional Park is open for shelter.
  • Keaau Community Center is to be opened for additional shelter needs.
  • Residents evacuating should ensure to bring your emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.
  • The intersection at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road is now closed to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.
  • Puna Geothermal Venture is executing their emergency plan and starting to shut down operations at this time.
  • Avoid travel to the evacuation area for everyone’s safety.

Hawaii County Civil Defense, Police, Fire and partners continue to assist evacuation efforts and monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

Thank you.  This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending lava shooting into the air in a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes.

Hawaii County said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

County, state and federal officials had been warning residents all week that they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning.

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