Following recent, small to moderate strength earthquakes this week affecting the island of Hawaii (the big island), the Kilauea Volcano has erupted. On Thursday, the strongest earthquake occurred, reaching 5.0 magnitude. The spewing lava and ash from Puʻu ʻŌʻō volcanic vent, located southeast of Kilauea’s caldera, is now forcing mandatory evacuations for portions of the island, including at Leilani Estates.
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The National Guard is on the scene to assist in the evacuation as governor Age signs an emergency proclamation for the island. Also the geothermal plant at Hilo, HI has been shut down. Residents should prepare for power outages. Due to these evacuations, shelters have been opened on Hawaii Island.
This is a breaking news event. Stay tuned as new details emerge.