It’s one of the few things that can ruin a vacation on the beautiful island of Hawaii, and potentially destroy lives in the same stint. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, and some 1,700 people in the Leilani Estates need to heed the warnings as mandatory evacuations are in place.

Probably few of us, if any have ever eye-witnessed the fury of an active volcano. Earthquakes, eruptions, smoke, and ash are the things that make up some of the most nightmarish scenes in a movie.

Except for the people of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, this is no film. As of late yesterday, residents had to make haste to flee their homes for safety.

The locals also mentioned that from the beginning of this week, hundreds of 2.0 earthquakes were recorded.

Hawaii Volcano Erupt
Image credit CNN: A plume of ash rises from the Puu Oo vent on Hawaii???s Kilauea Volcano after a magnitude 5.0 earthquake, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending lava shooting into the air in a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes. Hawaii County said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

According to some reports, this volcano has been showing signs of activity for decades. In fact, it’s one of the most active volcanoes in the world. So it’s hard to imagine this is much of a surprise, as the inevitable is occurring.

David Ige who is the governor issued the following through a tweet:

I urge residents in Leilani Estates and the surrounding areas to follow instructions. … Please be alert and prepare now to keep your family safe

 

Authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation, and do not have a timetable as to how long this is going to take.

And to be fair, it’s pretty hard to guess, as these forces of nature sing to their tunes and stop and start when they please.

We have plenty of examples to go by, from hurricanes to tsunamis.

I know people can get a little adventurous at the hint of a little danger. I know I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near something like this.

My biggest fear would be dealing with hot flowing lava and volcanic ash spewing from this beast.

The authorities also are concerned about this as well, because there is the potential for sulfur dioxide to be released in massive amounts into the atmosphere, which could make matters worse.

Regardless, the National Park Service says those wanting to view the eruptions can do so from the Jaggar Museum overlook.

Hawaiian Airlines are canceling their flights, and all tours are being suspended for obvious reasons, and anyone who is affected by this event should listen for updates.

Still, the pictures and videos coming out of Hawaii are incredible. I hope things don’t take a drastic turn for the worse.

 

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