Big Island Sunday to collect pets, medicines, and vital documents, reports KHON 2.

Officials at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, scene of a mandatory evacuation order Friday, were assessing roads and trails on Sunday as they weighed whether to reopen. Volcanic eruptions can release potentially unsafe sulfur dioxide - and fire department personnel have detected high levels of the gas in the evacuation area, the civil defense agency said.


Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been erupting continuously since 1983.

Cracks emerged in the volcano's East Rift Zone - an area of fissures miles away from the volcano's summit.

The Leilani Estates area is at the greatest risk for more lava outbreaks.

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983, according to the US Geological Survey.

Geologist Janet Babb said the magma crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popular volcano access point, on Tuesday night.

Adding to the fear and chaos, a magnitude-6.9 struck the area Friday, jolting homes already threatened by a volcanic eruption.


Hawaii has been rattled by more than 1,000 earthquakes in the past week. An administrator for the agency told CBS News that experts don't know how long volcanic activity will continue.

The USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a discover in mid-April that there have been indicators of stress constructing in underground magma, and a brand new vent might kind on the cone or alongside what's generally known as the East Rift Zone.

When that pressure built up, the surface around that had to move - producing sudden earth movement on a fault plane that separates the ancient sea floor and Kilauea volcano. Photo: GettyThe governor of Hawaii has declared a local state of emergency near the Mount Kilauea volcano.

When the larger quake followed, he said he felt strong shaking in Hilo, the island's largest city that is roughly 45 minutes from the rural Puna area. "Resort areas located on Oahu and Kauai, and in Maui County, are located hundreds of miles from Kilauea volcano", said a statement by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

"Aftershocks from Friday's magnitude-6.9 natural disaster continue and more should be expected, with larger aftershocks potentially producing rockfalls and associated ash clouds above Puʻu ʻŌʻō and Halemaʻumaʻu crater", the spokesperson said.


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