May 14, 2018
Hawai’i Island experienced a 6.9M earthquake and the eruption of Kilauea Volcano on May 4th, 2018. The volcano has been active for decades and numerous fissures are continuing to emerge. 2000 people have been evacuated from the area and hundreds of homes in the path of the eruption are at risk, but no casualties have been reported.
High quantities of sulfur dioxide from the volcano are posing another hazard to residents, as the gas is toxic to breathe. Residents have been urged not to return to the affected areas until conditions have improved. Follow the latest updates on Kilauea from USGS at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/status.html.
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