In the four weeks since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began erupting, over 80 homes and other structures have been destroyed, and it appears by warnings from local authorities, that the eruption is moving to a more dangerous phase.
Additionally, CNN reports that the Hawaii volcano, in addition to spewing ash, fountaining lava and bursting lava bombs from the Earth, is even creating its own weather.
Residents ordered to evacuate as lava blasts from Kilauea volcano
Dangerous 'vigorous' lava eruptions have prompted a strict mandatory evacuation order for the Hawaii community hardest hit by the Kilauea Volcano.
Those who snub the order risk being arrested, as the Big Island's mayor, Harry Kim, declared a roughly 17-block swath of the lava-stricken Leilani Estates subdivision off-limits indefinitely, and gave any residents remaining there 24 hours to leave.
The area was ordered to be sealed off to people on Thursday as the eruption marked its fourth week with no end in sight. Recent images captured by NASA, based on its satellite observations, revealed the mean lava flow has been spreading at a rate of 'nearly 2.6m/minute'.
The mandatory evacuation zone lies within a slightly larger area that was already under a voluntary evacuation and curfew.
Following a Civil Defense message, issued May 31, the Mayor ordered a mandatory evacuation order for Leilani Estates, in response to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reporting ‘vigorous’ lava eruptions from a fissure system.
Those in violation are ‘subject to arrest and will be liable for rescue costs.'
People were also warned that those remaining in the mandatory evacuation area despite his order, ‘do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond.
Those ‘in violation of this order are subject to arrest and will be liable for any costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area'.