HAWAII (WKOW/CNN) -- Homes near Kilauea were evacuated Thursday after the volcano erupted and released lava into their neighborhood.
A local fire department also detected extremely high levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide gas in that area, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.
Governor David Ige has activated the Hawaii National Guard to help with evacuations and security.
"I urge residents in Leilani Estates and the surrounding areas to follow instructions. ... Please be alert and prepare now to keep your family safe," he tweeted.
Hundreds of earthquakes shook the Big Island recently. Most were small; the largest and most severe though, was a magnitude 5.0 That one hit Thursday morning and within half an hour, there were two more earthquakes.
Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It's located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has since closed off nearly 15,700 acres due to "the possibility of a new eruption and unstable geologic activity." But most of the park remains open, the park said in a statement.
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