Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Sparks More Evacuations On Big Island

Lava has reportedly piled as high as a four-story building.

What you need to know
  • A new fissure has opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano and is spewing lava and steam.
  • Thousands of residents have been evacuated from Big Island.
  • Authorities are warning residents in surrounding areas to stay alert for lava and gas.
  • The 17th fissure is several hundred metres long and located on private property.

More residents on Hawaii's Big Island have fled their homes after a new fissure opened up on the Kilauea Volcano causing steam and lava to spew tens of metres into the air.

The new fissure is several hundred metres long and authorities have warned continued earthquake activity and additional outbreaks in the area are likely.

US President Donald Trump earlier declared the State of Hawaii a major disaster area, after the volcano first erupted on May 3 causing dozens of homes to be destroyed and thousands of evacuations.

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes and experts have warned an explosive eruption near the crater is possible.

Check out some incredible images from Hawaii below.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed since the volcano first erupted on May 3. SOURCE: Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters/Extreme Exposure
Fissures have been spraying lava and steam into the air. SOURCE: Reuters
Extensive road closures are in place around the area. SOURCE: USGS via REUTERS)