“We have heard from people around the world concerned about Hawaii’s welfare and want to reassure everyone that this is limited to a remote region on the slopes of Kilauea volcano,” Hawaii Governor David Ige said in a statement. “Everywhere else in the Hawaiian Islands is not affected.” But scientists predict there could be more eruptions and earthquakes “perhaps for months to come,” so the effects are far from over. The massive earthquake is the biggest one to hit Big Island since 1975, and Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Leilani Estates residents are flocking to American Red Cross shelters and finding safe ground as lava flows and smoke billows through their neighborhood. Take a look at 20 images from the natural disaster that show just how surreal it is.