Officials in Hawaii are warning people on the Big Island they could be forced to evacuate by an explosive eruption of the Kilauea volcano – and as such, they had better be ready if and when the order comes. So far, nearly two-thousand people have already been evacuated.
The warning was issued after the 17th and 18th fissures cracked open a short distance from homes in a residential neighborhood – a 19th has since erupted. Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency says that continued earthquake activity and more lava outbreaks in the area are likely.
Of course, scientists are saying this could all be a precursor to a massive eruption that could send boulders and ash flying through the air. If it does erupt, damage could radiate 12-miles from the crater. The blast could take place in the next 24 to 48 hours and FEMA is telling residents to monitor hourly radio broadcasts.