Eruption Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations are in place for hundreds of people living in the path of a volcano that erupted on Hawaii's big island.

A volcanic eruption on the big island of Hawaii sent lava and ash high in the air, and molten lava flowing into a residential neighborhood. The erupting volcano sits in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hundreds of small earthquakes on the east side of the island have been shaking the volcano all week, the most powerful a 4.6 magnitude that hit Thursday. The quakes prompted officials to prepare people for possible evacuations, due to the abruptness of any possible volcano eruption. Thursday, officials ordered mandatory evacuations for more than 1,500 residents living in Leilani Estates. Multiple shelters have been set up for those who have been evacuated, and Hawaii’s governor has activated the Hawaii National Guard to help with evacuations and security.