Hawaii volcano Kilauea has forced more residents to abandon their home as fresh lava flow causes havoc in the area.
The National Guard was called out to the eastern region of Big Island last night to assist in fresh evacuations of residents in the path of a rampaging lava river.
Residents managed to escape the area mere hours before the lava severed road access to the area, according to officials.
The lava flow now covers more than 11 miles of land, displacing more than 10,000 people from their homes.
Where are the latest evacuations?
Residents in the seaside town Kapoho were forced to abandon their homes to escape a lava flow that was as wide as three football fields last night.
The National Guard and the local police force assisted in the evacuations which is estimated to have displaced more than 500 people.
Hours later, the lava flow destroyed much of the nearby highway connecting Kapoho and Vacationland, isolating more than 500 homes from the rest of the island, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.
Because of the havoc and damage the volcano is causing, authorities gave residents two options: evacuate or get arrested.
Residents were advised to evacuate by Friday afternoon. Emergency responders have no plans to rescue anyone from the evacuated areas past the deadline, the agency said.
“They are being asked to leave. Period,” county spokeswoman Janet Snyder told reporters.
More than 2,000 Hawaiian residents had already evacuated the Leilani Estates this week ahead of the lava river, but the latest predictions from geologists showed the lava creeping towards Kapoho early on Saturday morning.
Tensions in the southeastern region of Puna have been boiling over in recent days as residents who remain behind become increasingly agitated by the prolonged volcanic activity.
On Thursday a man was arrested after he fired a gun over the head of a neighbour who refused to leave the area.
The man pointed a gun at the Puna resident after he became paranoid that looters may raid houses left behind by evacuees.
Locals have become frustrated with the uncertainty authorities have over how long the volcanic activity can last. Lava flow has knocked out power and electricity supply to large parts of the south of Big Island, disrupting life for thousands of Hawaiians.
The USGS and the Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) have been unable to predict when Kilauea will cease to spew lava and toxic fumes from the 23 fissures that have ben ripped open in the area.
The latest reports suggest that 87 homes have now been destroyed by the lava flow, which has been wreaking havoc in the country for more than a month.
Fissure 8 remains the most active in the region, according to the USGS, who say the hottest lava flow so far has been hurled more than 260 feet in the air.