About 100 people remained in shelters Friday. There have been no reports of injuries or deaths. Hawaii Gov. David Ige activated the National Guard to help with evacuations, which left more than 700 structures empty.
Authorities detected a high amount of sulfur gas in the air, which they said could threaten the elderly and those with breathing issues.
The eruption began late Wednesday as molten lava broke through the forests and spewed out on several main streets.
Hawaiian residents were first warned of a potential volcano eruption when several earthquakes erupted in the area throughout the last week, according to the Deseret News.
Videos of the “curtain of fire” began to circulate online Friday morning.