Hawaii eruptions spread, no deaths or major injuries reportedStaff Writer | May 7, 2018
Emergency authorities battling lava flows and gas erupting from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano warned some residents to “go now” as a new fissure opened and more structures were destroyed.
Hawaii The volcano has destroyed 26 homes
A new fissure opened Sunday night in the Leilani Estates area some 12 miles (19 km) from the volcano, prompting a cellphone alert for residents to leave homes to avoid sulfur dioxide gas, which can be life threatening at high levels.
So far no deaths or major injuries have been reported, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said.
Early Monday, 161 people were housed at two shelters on the island, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said.
Eruptions of lava and gas were expected to continue, along with aftershocks from Friday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the largest in the area since 1975, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. ■