The Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii created chaos on the Big Island, causing mass evacuations— to the point where residents can face charges for not leaving. The volcano erupted on May 3rd, 2018. Since then, eighty homes have been destroyed from the flowing lava.

Hawaii residents in the danger zone— South Eastern border on the Big Island— have already been advised to evacuate the premises. People living in the Leilani Estates specifically are urged the most to evacuate. Hawaiian National Guard Major, Jeff Hickman, said, “We want those people to leave. We don’t want to have first responders and National Guardsman or Marines in helicopters putting their lives at risk to rescue them.”

The four-week time frame, since the first day of the eruption, resulted in lava flowing down volcano fissures, covering a 5.5 square miles. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), eight fissures remain active. The continuous flow of lava and destruction of houses aren’t the only outcomes from this catastrophe.

Kilauea’s eruption is beginning to change the weather and air quality in Hawaii. Volcanic smog, a toxic combination of sulfur dioxide and other gases, creates a dangerous haze. Residents are being warned about the air, for it can cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. Along with that, the people are also on the lookout for volcanic glass fibers. If those fibers, also known as Pele’s Hair, get in one’s eyes or lungs, it can cause additional injuries.

Cracks in Kilauea can lead to more eruptions.

Scientists found a shocking discovery from footage captures by a drone, sent by the USGS. Not only did they view the lava engulfing lands and home, but they saw cracks in the collapsed crater. Some of these cracks are releasing intense steam, which leads to the concern of another massive explosion.

Kyle Anderson, a geophysicist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said;

“ We really don’t know the implications of this long-term. It’s possible that new explosions will blast through the rubble at the bottom of the vent…..It is also possible that the vent may become permanently blocked, ending the explosions entirely.”

People’s stress levels are skyrocketing.

It’s a no-brainer to assume that Kilauea’s eruption is bringing tension to many residents. The thought of losing your home would make anybody upset. However, John Hubbard, a Leilani Estates resident, took it to the extreme when he approached two men with a handgun. The victim who is also a resident claimed that Hubbard assaulted him and fired shot directed at him, with video proof.

According to the Hawaii Police Department, Hubbard was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangering and five counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. Along with a first-degree robbery since he did not register his firearm nor obtain a permit for it.

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