Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupts, forcing evacuations

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(Reuters) – The Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted on Thursday, spewing lava and releasing steam and forcing people living nearby to leave their homes, officials said.

An ash cloud rises above Kilauea Volcano after it erupted, on Hawaii’s Big Island May 3, 2018, in this photo obtained from social media. Janice Wei/via REUTERS

The eruption occurred after a series of earthquakes on the island over the last couple of days, including a 5.0 tremor at about 10:30 a.m., the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

Residents in the Puna community, home to about 10,000 people, were ordered to evacuate after public works officials reported steam and lava emissions from a crack, according to media and the county’s website.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Robert Birsel

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