He later saw a video on social media showing lava splashing and bubbling a few feet from his home, he told CNN affiliate KITV. Neighborhoods downhill from the vents were at risk of being covered up. Officials updated the number of lost homes after an aerial survey of the subdivision.
According to the USGS, the last natural disaster which hit south of the volcano went as far away as Oahu and struck in almost the exact same place as a deadly 7.4-magnitude quake had in 1975.
Julie Woolsey lives on a street where a vent opened up and channeled lava to within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of her house.
Resident Julie Woolsey told the AP she released her chickens, put her dogs in her vehicle and evacuated with her daughter and grandson on Thursday.
One of the world's most active volcanoes, it has been erupting since 1983. Garnett said she took a carload of belongings to a storage unit but wasn't allowed to make a second trip back to get her animals.
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"You can't really predict what Pele is going to do", Woolsey said, referring to the Hawaiian volcano goddess. "It's hard to keep up". News, two houses have been burned down by lava coming from the volcano.
Lava advances along a street near a fissure in Leilani Estates, on Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone, Hawaii, the U.S., May 5, 2018. A Lanipuna Gardens, which has a few dozen people, also has been evacuated. "Occasionally, lava will flow back into the ground by pouring into a crack or an open eruptive fissure, a process called drainback; sometimes lava will flow back into the same fissure from which it erupted", the USGS says. The area has also been affected by extremely high levels of sulfur gas, and by several earthquakes, including one that hit on Friday at a magnitude of 6.9. The gas can cause skin irritations and breathing difficulties.
Almost 30 years ago, lava slowly covered an entire town, Kalapana, over the period of about a year.
She said she thought it was remote even days ago when she began packing and preparing to evacuate.
Kilauea began spewing lava into residential areas on Thursday after a series of earthquakes over the preceding week.
However, officials cautioned volcanic activity from Kilauea volcano likely will ramp up again.
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There were no immediate reports of injuries.
On Saturday, between 200 and 250 people were registered at the shelter in Pahoa Community Center, and about 28 at the shelter in Keaau.
The governor activated the Hawaii National Guard to assist emergency responders with evacuations and security. Scientists say it is almost impossible to predict how long an eruption will last.
"We're all rattled right now", he said. "The quake was what made us start running and start throwing guinea pigs and bunnies in the vehicle", local inhabitant Tesha "Mirah" Montoya said as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Leilani Estates, where lava was pushing through cracks in the earth, has about 1,700 residents and 770 homes. They feared they might lose the house.
Kilauea has spewed fountains of lava into communities on the Big Island. The collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles downslope toward the populated southeast coastline.
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The magma later crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popular volcano access point.