Residents stranded in area of Hawaii cut off by lava

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Additionally, the drone camera's live stream was able to allow the USGS to direct other residents out of hazardous areas, due to the more informed bird's-eye view.

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea destroyed hundreds of homes overnight, a Hawaii County spokeswoman revealed Tuesday.

"Persons remaining in the mandatory evacuation area ... do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond, ' Mayor Harry Kim has warned".

Evans reports the cascade into Kapoho Bay is releasing toxic steam mixed with tiny particles of glass. In the second video, taken about seven hours later (around 1:38 p.m.), lava had almost filled the shallow bay.

Seven people were cited Saturday for loitering in a disaster zone, and they will have to appear in court, Hawaii officials said. Magno described the molten lava as being "like a flood, pouring out, covering everything in its path". "It looks like there's no stopping it". Okabe described the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences. But the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said the fallout will affect the volcano and Pahala areas, and cautioned about the possibility of aftershocks.

All but a few of the estimated 500 inhabitants of Kapoho and adjacent Vacationland development are now believed to have fled their homes, an agency spokesman said. "Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice", the county says.

The flow of lava especially from fissure eight has cut off Puna Kapoho and several residents had to be airlifted to safety. The ocean entry sends a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

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Officials warned the public to stay away from the plume because it can irritate skin and eyes and make it hard to breathe. She tried to pick up a strand but, "It just kind of melted into my skin and cut me".

That figure "is the highest rate ever measured there", USGS seismologist Brian Shiro said, according to Big Island Video News.

There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas. Police on Monday said a man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching.

The suspect was later charged with Refusing to Evacuate, Obstructing Government Operations, Resisting Order to Stop Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree.

That's a lot of lava, but flow volumes can be extraordinarily hard to measure, the USGS said.

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the explosion was associated with a Magnitude 5.5 quake.

Those earthquakes have continued near the summit, according to Jim Kauahikaua, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. It's not known when the heavily visited Kilauea section of the park will reopen.