Earthquakes could go for months in Hawaii

Recent earthquakes as of 1:28 p.m. Tuesday

Recent earthquakes as of 1:28 p.m. Tuesday

They spent the night on the beach in their vehicle and began looking for a vacation rental.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said yesterday that several new lava fissures had opened in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Puna District about a dozen miles from the volcano.

Shane Turpin, a resident of Leilani Estates, posted a video to Facebook early Saturday morning showing what is believed to be the eighth large fissure, surrounded by flames.

On Thursday, the Kilauea volcano first erupted after which lava gushed out of the ground on the eastern side of the island.

That is Hawaii's Kilauea volcano as it erupted in 1959.

Scientists forecast more eruptions and more earthquakes, perhaps for months to come, after the southeast corner of the island was rocked by a 6.9 tremor on Friday, the strongest on the island since 1975.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed that the eruption was ongoing and that the "active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili, Mohala, Kahukai Streets and Pohoiki Road", according to an update from Hawaii County.

Aerial footage provided by the Hawaii Army National Guard showed smoke plumes and the lava flow as it snaked through the trees.

"This is a very fast moving-situation", Mayor Kim said.

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Officials ordered more than 1,700 people out of Big Island communities near the lava, warning of the dangers of spattering hot rock and high levels of sulfuric gas that could threaten the elderly and people with breathing problems. Most residents were evacuated, but some of them refused to leave their homes.

Tesha "Mirah" Montoya says it felt like the side of her hill was going to explode when the ground shook. "The quake was what made us start running and start throwing guinea pigs and bunnies in the auto", local inhabitant Tesha "Mirah" Montoya said as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Ms Montoya, her husband and daughter do not know how long they will be away from the three-story octagonal house they built almost 20 years ago from a patch of "raw jungle".

"My heart and soul's there", she said in a phone interview from a cabin on the north side of the Big Island, where the family had hunkered down.

Gary McMillan said his home is about 3,000 feet (914 meters) from one of the fissures in Leilani Estates. He has remote cameras set up in his home and says that as of now his home is still intact.

He's living out of his van with his wife at the nearby community center and constantly thinks about things they left behind, but understands why authorities evacuated residents.

Kilauea is the youngest and most active volcano on Hawaii Island, according to USGS. But this flow stalled just before it reached Pahoa's main road.

From 1990 through 1991, lava slowly overtook the town of Kalapana, burning homes and covering roads and gardens.

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