Stunning timelapse footage has captured the moment a wall of lava slowly advanced across a Hawaii road amid mass eruptions across the island.
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has already destroyed 35 homes and buildings and forced 1,700 people to leave their residences since it erupted on Thursday, spewing lava and toxic gas from volcanic vents in a small area of Hawaii’s Big Island.
Red hot lava flows engulfed homes, trees, cars and streets – with nothing able to stem the inevitable advance of molten rock.
Timelapse video footage shows one stream on lava as it crawled across a street, towards a parked car. The white mustang later erupts in flames before being entirely consumed by the lava.
Flames could be seen erupting from the red coals as smoke and steam billowed above it.
Residents have been warned to ‘go now’ before more homes are destroyed.
‘Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice,’ the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in an alert on its website. Residents of a second area, Lanipuna Gardens, were barred from returning home on Monday due to deadly volcanic gases.
A new fissure opened Sunday night in the Leilani Estates area some 12 miles from the volcano, prompting a cellphone alert for residents to leave homes to avoid sulfur dioxide gas, which can be life threatening at high levels.
No fatalities or major injuries have been reported so far from the volcano, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.
Evacuees from Leilani Estates were allowed to return for pets, medications and to check property on Sunday. Some, including Jeremy Wilson, found homes surrounded by fissures hundreds of feet long.
SOURCE: HANNAH PARRY