Hawaii Volcano Spews Lava and Smoke, Forcing Residents to Evacuate
It's not clear how long residents will be displaced.
Lava is spewing from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii and it’s already damaged five homes.
In a video that captured the effects of the active volcano, smoke engulfs the area nearby and lava can even be seen on the streets.
More than 1,700 people were evacuated from the nearby Leilani Estates subdivision in the Puna District and residents are prepared for the possibility they may not be able to return for quite some time.
"I have no idea how soon we can get back," resident Todd Corrigan told CBS News.
Scientists said Kilauea was likely to release more lava through additional vents, but they were unable to predict exactly where.
On Sunday, authorities said the situation is dangerous and that it's unlikely that volcanic activity along the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano will be ending anytime soon.
Ten fissures have been reported since the volcano erupted on Thursday. The eruption followed a 5.0-magnitude earthquake hours earlier.
Several earthquakes have continued to hit the area, including the largest in Hawaiian history, The Washington Post reported.
Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983 and is one of the world's most active volcanoes.
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