Residents in Puna on the Big Island in Hawaii are being urged to evacuate as the Kilauea volcano has had its fifth minor eruption and a major eruption is imminent.
The fourth eruption sent lava 100 feet into the air. Several homes have already been damaged from lava going through residential areas. Another earthquake has also struck the region, per EMSC, measuring at a 5.3 magnitude. No word on if any further rockfalls occurred.
The fifth eruption occurred shortly after the earthquake, causing more concern in the area. A series of earthquakes have struck the region since, measuring at 4.6, 4.5, and 4.5. A more recent earthquake is listed as a 6.9 magnitude quake, per USGS.
FEMA is reportedly organizing and mobilizing in case of a severe lava event.
Civil Defense: “The high levels detected are an immediate threat to life for all who become exposed. First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate.”