Authorities in Hawaii ordered thousands of residents to evacuate Thursday after a volcano on one of the state’s largest islands began emitting lava.
Hawaii County Civil Defense urged about 10,000 residents in the Puna community of Hawai’i island to leave the area after lava from the Kīlauea Volcano was seen seeping out of cracks in the road, according to Hawaii News Now.
The American Red Cross of Hawaii opened an emergency shelter for evacuees at Pahoa Community Center.
Earlier Thursday 4.6-magnitude earthquake shook Hawai’i island at around 10:30 a.m., causing rockfalls and a possible collapse into the crater of the Kīlauea ‘s Puu O’o vent, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.
A cloud of pink ash and smoke was sent into the air after the quake as officials warned residents along the east rift zone of the volcano to prepare to evacuate in advance of an eruption that could come with very little warning.