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.

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.

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Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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