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US: Volcano eruption prompts evacuation in Hawaii May 3-4

Kilauea volcano eruption prompts mandatory evacuation in Hawaii May 3-4; flight disruptions possible

04 mai 08h42 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/5/2018, 12h00 until 5/5/2018, 11h59 (US/Hawaii). COUNTRY/REGION Hawaii
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Event

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted, spewing lava, around 16:45 (local time) on Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for surrounding areas including Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of the volcano as well as the Lanipuna Gardens. Lava and damages to roads have been reported in the Mohala Street area.

Flight disruptions (delays and cancelations) are possible in the coming hours.

Context

Hundreds of earthquakes ranging from magnitude 2 to 5 have reportedly shook the island since April 30.

Kilauea volcano is one of Hawaii's most active volcanoes. It is located on the Hawai'i island of Hawaii.

Advice

Individuals present in or intending to travel to the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel reservations, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and wear respiratory masks and covering clothing to protect skin from abrasive ash.

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