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Residents in Hawaii ordered to evacuate as volcano erupts

Residents in Hawaii ordered to evacuate as volcano erupts

Authorities in the US state of Hawaii ordered evacuations Thursday on the Big Island as lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano threatened several residential areas.

Hawaii County Civil Defense told around 10,000 residents to move to safety after an eruption at Kilauea sent lava spewing more than 30 metres into the air.

Smoke, lava and ash burst out of a crack in a road in Puna district on the Big Island, Hawaii News Now reported. Videos on social media showed lava flowing through a forest and on a country road.

Kilauea has been active for days. Earlier Thursday, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake and dozens of aftershocks rattled the island, local reports said.

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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