15 horrifying photos and videos after Hawaii has over 300 earthquakes and a volcanic eruption
Lava flows into streets of Hawaii's Big Island (Photo: Screen capture)

The most recent quake that shook Hawaii Friday has been upgraded to a 5.7 on the Richter scale and lava is continuing to roll through streets of the Big Island. As of publication, another earthquake hit -- this time a 6.9 on the Richter scale.


The Kilauea volcano has been erupting since 1983, so it isn't as if this was a sudden incident. However, what was unusual has been the rivers, pools and "fountains" of lava. The Los Angeles Times explained that the first major quake happened hours before the eruption began. Over 300 quakes have followed.

The cascade of incidents began Monday as lava that has been flowing out of Puu Ooo, a crater on the eastern shoulder of Kilauea. The crater worked as a kind of reservoir, holding back the lava as it came to the surface. It would then flow back underground and out to sea. Residents on the downside of the volcano haven't had to contend with problems since 2014, but this week the Puu Oo crater collapsed.

Since then, more and more earthquakes have shaken an already shaky situation throughout Thursday and Friday. Leilani Estates residents, who are approximately 25 miles from the volcano's highest point, reported surface cracks in the ground on Wednesday. Some said that they were even able to feel heat coming from the cracks. Thursday that lava began gushing out like a fountain. Evacuations have been underway since.

You can see some of the horrifying photos and videos posted by residents, USGS and local news crews below:

And a bit of historic photography: