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Residents on Hawaii's Big Island faced the threats of more earthquakes, lava and risky gas Saturday after the Kilauea volcano erupted, spewing high levels of sulfur dioxide and molten rocks into neighborhoods.
After the eruption, the island shook at regular intervals, but especially so around midday Friday: A 5.6 magnitude quake hit south of the volcano around 11:30 a.m. local time, followed about an hour later by a 6.9-magnitude temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the second quake wasn't strong enough to cause a tsunami, and Hawaii's Department of Transportation said no damage had been reported to roads.
A magnitude 6.9 quake struck the area Friday, jolting homes already threatened by volcanic eruption.
Authorities warned residents to stay out of the area Friday as molten rock shot high into the air from cracks in the ground in Leilani Estates, a subdivision in the island's eastern Puna district that is filled with wooden homes tucked away on lush, tropical plant-filled lots.
The activity continued Friday, with reports of lava spurting from volcanic vents on two streets. Yesterday afternoon the FAA issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the area to prevent drones from interfering with first aid responders. The state's National Guard was deployed on Governor David Ige's orders, "to provide support to county emergency response personnel to help with evacuations and security". A nearby neighborhood, Lanipuna Gardens, which has a few dozen people, also has been evacuated. Scientists say it is almost impossible to predict how long an eruption will last.
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Even people living in areas that are safe from the eruptions have been unable to return because of lingering high levels of Sulphur dioxide, the report added. Exposure can cause irritation or burns, sore throats, runny noses, burning eyes and coughing.
The eruption was preceded by hundreds of small earthquakes in recent days. "Additional erupting fissures and new lava outbreaks may occur", it said.
"These cracks are part of the reason why we chose to close". "As that magma source is moving into the East Rift Zone, that's leaving the southwest part of the crater to settle into that... so these cracks have opened up that you saw earlier". The geologic feature is the result of the island being on a "hot spot", which is a thermal plume shooting up from the Earth's depths.
With new eruptions continuing into the weekend, there is high interest among people looking for a livestream of the erupting Hawaii volcano (information on how to find these livestreams can be found below) and others are sharing a video of the effects the eruptions have had on the island. Two homes have burned.
Hawaii county mayor Harry Kim talked with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard during a community meeting to address concerns on Friday in Pahoa.
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Authorities have ordered at least 1,800 people ro evacuate in the areas close to the volcano, now mostly in the south. Post office officials said beginning today and until further notice, Hilo Downtown's P.O. box customers are asked to pick up their mail over the counter at the Hilo Main Post Office, 1299 Kekuanaoa St.