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:
Check out this photo of the #lava on Mohala Street in Leiliani Estates that was taken by our crew earlier today. Pl… https://t.co/uzAbS5b4nY— Hawaiian Electric - Hawaii Island (@Hawaiian Electric - Hawaii Island)1525416289.0
Here's what the lake overflow looked like. On the left is a wide shot of the crater, with the lava lake in the uppe… https://t.co/eUPWWI9l8b— Capital Weather Gang (@Capital Weather Gang)1525462550.0
#BREAKING: Lava outbreak triggers evacuations in Big Island's Leilani Estates GET DETAILS HERE:… https://t.co/kIezpokDVD— Hawaii News Now (@Hawaii News Now)1525402095.0
#BREAKING: Another large earthquake, this one a 6.0-magnitude, has been reported near Hawaii Island.… https://t.co/LKapW2ZRwL— Hawaii News Now (@Hawaii News Now)1525474419.0
#BREAKING #LeilaniEstatesEruption: First look at the two homes that caught fire after a third eruption broke out at… https://t.co/HGohkmXPAC— Mileka Lincoln (@Mileka Lincoln)1525455957.0
#BREAKING: Officials on the Big Island confirm that a third eruption has been reported in the Leilani Estates area,… https://t.co/QnPFSLEH1n— Hawaii News Now (@Hawaii News Now)1525455102.0
#BREAKING: Incredible new video shows the Leilani Estates eruption on Hawaii Island picked up again earlier this mo… https://t.co/XONkBmEMIK— Hawaii News Now (@Hawaii News Now)1525448247.0
Steaming cracks at 5:57 a.m. HST #Hawaii #Kilauea #volcano in the #LeilaniEstates area just before a fissure opened… https://t.co/eAoEqh8YDi— Joe Bobosky (@Joe Bobosky)1525474075.0
BREAKING: Hawaii officials are preparing to activate warning sirens on the Big Island of Hawaii because of an activ… https://t.co/9l21SXOPFX— David Begnaud (@David Begnaud)1525406443.0
The eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has forced about 1,700 residents to evacuate https://t.co/wxHD1vCdSW https://t.co/ftRBIMOEfl— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Bloomberg Quicktake)1525461188.0
In Hawaii. (📷 via Reddit) https://t.co/RodCIgpi0x— Only in America (@Only in America)1525471815.0
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted causing underground lava to burst through the surface—here's what travelers sh… https://t.co/BOokKCgcfK— Condé Nast Traveler (@Condé Nast Traveler)1525454283.0
And a bit of historic photography:
A rare lava dome fountain at the Kilauea volcano that formed 50 years ago in Hawaii...💌 https://t.co/w8H46Vq4JM— Scott ☘ (@Scott ☘)1525418649.0