Residents ordered to evacuate as lava blasts from Kilauea volcano
Dangerous ‘vigorous’ lava eruptions have prompted a strict mandatory evacuation order for the Hawaii community hardest hit by the Kilauea Volcano.
Those who snub the order risk being arrested, as the Big Island’s mayor, Harry Kim, declared a roughly 17-block swath of the lava-stricken Leilani Estates subdivision off-limits indefinitely, and gave any residents remaining there 24 hours to leave.
The area was ordered to be sealed off to people on Thursday as the eruption marked its fourth week with no end in sight. Recent images captured by NASA, based on its satellite observations, revealed the mean lava flow has been spreading at a rate of ‘nearly 2.6m/minute’.