Mandatory evacuations were declared for residents of the Leilani Estates Subdivision after reports of lava steams and emissions coming from a crack in the area’s Mohala Street.
Lava emissions were preceded by days of tremors in the area around the dangerous Kilauea volcano. The US Geological Survey registered a moderate 5-magnitude quake earlier on Thursday.
Hawaii Mayor Harry Kim said civil defense was monitoring the volcano for a possible eruption. The affected Puna community on the eastern side of the Big Island is home to around 10,000 people, according to the Hawaii News Now website.