Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, forcing evacuations

Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation of more than 1,500 people late Thursday after the Kilauea volcano erupted following a series of small earthquakes over several days. Lava spewed from a 492-foot-long crack in the Leilani Estates subdivision near the town of Pahoa on the island of Hawaii, sending molten rock flowing several feet around the crack for two hours, Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientists said. Resident Jeremiah Osuna used a drone to get footage of lava burning through trees, describing the scene as a “curtain of fire.” Authorities set up a shelter for residents of the Leilani Estates and the Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions in two community centers. Gov. David Ige called in the Hawaii National Guard to help with the evacuation.

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