A bird's eye view of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

An ash cloud rises above Kilauea Volcano after it erupted on Hawaii's Big Island


But scientists warned more vents would likely form and disgorge more lava.

Trees and utility poles crash alarmingly to the ground dozens of feet from where the crackling flow surfaced.

Residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens were issued a mandatory evacuation order after an eruption on Thursday sent lava shooting up from a crack in a street.

Lava flows from the volcano have covered 48 square miles (125 sq km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"I am in contact with Mayor Harry Kim and Hawai'i County, and the state is actively supporting the county's emergency response efforts".

Greater than 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates, Puna, had been ordered to evacuate, as poisonous sulfuric fuel poured out of the volcano's vents.

"How can I walk away from this?"

He said the experience has been unforgettable and different than other eruptions he's filmed.

"Everything is still elevated", said Talmadge Magno, administrator of Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Homes have been destroyed by the molten lava spewing from the volcano and there is also a threat from sulphur dioxide gas that means no people can remain in the area near to it. He gave hope that there might be a chance to return home soon to rescue pets or retrieve valuable belongings, but as of Saturday it was still too unsafe.

As of Sunday morning, nine volcanic vents had erupted in evacuated neighborhoods on the island, according to County of Hawaii officials. "I wish it weren't that way", Barrios said. "I've been through this a million times".

The eruption began Thursday and was followed by a 6.9-magnitude quake the next day.

"You can't really predict what Pele is going to do", Woolsey told the news outlet, referring to the Hawaiian volcano goddess.

Though residents are anxious and sad, Sonner said she understands the reality of the situation.

A drone video shows Mount Kilauea erupting and spewing fountains of lava into the sky in a residential area.

Kilauea (pronounced kill-ah-WAY'-ah), one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been erupting continuously since 1983. "We're hoping our house doesn't burn down". She let her chickens loose, loaded her dogs into her truck and evacuated with her daughter and grandson.

"We've been waiting for big movement from the crater, after so many small earthquakes", she said. Police and the National Guard block entrances to the area to prevent looting and gas exposure. They have now calmed and are only spewing steam and gas at this time.

"It's hard", she said, "because everything is so uncertain". "I took my dogs and items that can't be replaced and put them in my vehicle and left".

On Saturday morning, she received alerts from her security system that motion sensors throughout the house had been triggered. Because their homes are built near a volcano, few residents have replacement insurance.

"This beats working", laughed Walton, a homebuilder who imports tiny homes to the Hawaiian Islands. "This is a resilient community", he said.

"Due to the panic and the unknown nature of what was happening.and just the little bit of knowledge I had of the gases that are released when the volcano vents, I made a decision to leave", Sonner explained.

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