A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Hawaii’s Big Island about 12:33pm Friday and was centered near the south flank of Kilauea volcano. It is the strongest earthquake to hit Hawaii since 1975 when a magnitude 7.1 struck in the same area. Here two video compilations of the strong earthquake:
Meanwhile, the Kilauea volcano sent more lava into communities Friday, a day after forcing more than 1,500 people to flee. Civil defense officials cautioned the public about high levels of sulfur dioxide near the volcano, which exposure can cause irritation or burns, sore throats, runny noses, burning eyes and coughing.
The community of Leilani Estates near the town of Pahoa appeared to be in the greatest danger. Authorities also ordered an evacuation of Lanipuna Gardens, a smaller, more rural subdivision to the east.
This could happen where you live. Have prayers for those suffering and be prepared!