Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano

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Residents in the nearby areas should also be prepared to evacuate with little notice, officials said.

Officers have issued 18 total citations in the last week to people for bypassing checkpoints and entering risky areas, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) said in a statement. Some said they were staying because they had nowhere else to go, officials said.

Lava emerges from the ground after Kilauea Volcano erupted, on Hawaii's Big Island May 3, 2018, in this still image taken from video obtained from social media.

"We understand and commiserate with our community and visitors about the prolonged closure, but we can not provide safe access to the Kīlauea section of the park as long as these very unpredictable dangers threaten the safety of park staff and visitors", said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Another 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Leilani Estates subdivision, an area further west, where dozens of homes have been devoured or cut off by rivers of red-hot molten rock streaming over the landscape since May 3.

Virtually all of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were wiped out by lava Tuesday morning, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

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"They are being asked to leave". Overnight, it continued its rampage and destroyed hundreds of homes, a Hawaii County spokeswoman said.

The latest upheaval of Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, comes on the heels of an eruption cycle that began in 1983 and continued nearly nonstop for 35 years, destroying more than 200 dwellings and other structures.

One of more than a dozen fissures in the earth's crust caused by the quake, Fissure 8, continues to feed a half-mile-wide lava flow toward the ocean at a rate of 250 feet per hour, the USGS said Sunday. Vog is a haze created when sulfur dioxide gas and other volcanic pollutants mix with moisture and dust.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed since May 11 because of earthquakes and continuous explosions from the volcano's summit crater.

Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny glass particles into the air. The Civil Defense Agency has warned it could cause injury if it gets in residents' eyes or is inhaled. This eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.

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