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Here’s the Latest on the Kilauea Volcano

Molten lava and poisonous gas continue to spew from Kilauea.

Gigi Foster College Media Network

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The Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii erupted last Thursday, emitting molten lava and dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide, forcing 1,700 people to evacuate their homes.

After an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck on Friday, the island has suffered around one earthquake per hour.

Five days after the initial eruption, lava and poisonous gas continue to spew from the volcano and have already destroyed 35 structures, 26 of which being homes.

While some people have briefly returned to their homes to retrieve items and pets, it is still potentially life-threatening to be so close to the eruption, even for a small time.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency warned residents and tourists to stay out of the eruption area, due to the risk of earthquakes and sulfur dioxide in the air, which, if too much is inhaled, can cause breathing problems and the burning of the throat and nose.

“The American Red Cross has opened two shelters at the Pahoa and Keaau Community Centers, where some evacuees have gathered while they await news about their homes,” according to CNN.

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Gigi Foster is a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She's a midfielder on the women's soccer team and is studying ocean sciences.

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