A bird's eye view of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

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So far, authorities and residents said at least five homes have suffered fire damage from lava, CNN affiliate KGMB reported Saturday evening. But they noted the most recent outbreaks were preceded by cracks in the ground and the release of steam and gas.

All residents of Leilani Estates, a community of about 1,700 people near the Big Island's eastern edge, and nearby Lanipuna Gardens have been ordered to evacuate.

Lava across a road and in a forested area of Leilani Estates. It predominantly erupts basaltic lava in effusive eruptions that mostly flow into the ocean but occasionally experiences explosive eruptions.

Eruptions of lava fountains continued throughout the night.

The eruption was preceded by hundreds of small earthquakes in recent days.

Scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet into the air.

Images posted by the USGS showed red hot lava rising higher than the tops of trees.

A lava fissure in a road in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. On Friday, lava spatter was being launched over power lines.

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And evacuated residents have been told they won't be going home for some time. The gas can cause skin irritations and breathing difficulties.

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been in constant eruption for 35 years. The seismicity on the lower east rift zone had declined and the tilt had slowed down so that indicates that the intrusion has stalled or paused.

Gary McMillan stated his house is about 3,000 ft (914 meters) from one of many fissures in Leilani Estates.

"A collapse of the Pu'u" "O'o crater floor Monday afternoon on Kilauea Volcano's East Rift Zone has prompted an increase in seismicity and deformation along a large section of the rift neon, with seismicity now occurring as far east as Hwy 130". The eruption followed a 5.0-magnitude quake hours earlier. The strongest, a 5.0-magnitude natural disaster, struck on Thursday morning. She later confirmed that lava had covered her property.

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.

Hawaii officials are evacuating areas of the Big Island following a series of earthquakes and volcanic activity that have put thousands of lives in danger and are damaging homes and infrastructure.

"The closest resort areas, in Kona and the Kohala Coast on the island of Hawaii's west side, are more than 100 miles away from where the lava flow is occurring and shielded by the massive mountains of Maunakea and Maunaloa". Spokeswoman Rhea Lee-Moku said power has been restored to about half of the customers, but sulfur gas levels in some areas are beyond what Hawaii Electric Light deems safe so they can not work in those places. The area typically houses about 1,700 people, and most were told to leave last week.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory spokeswoman Janet Babb said the earthquakes reflected the volcano adjusting to the shifting magma.

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