The hottest and fastest-moving lava of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption spread across new parts of the Big Island on Wednesday, forcing officials to order evacuations in two coastal neighborhoods over fears that the rapidly advancing flows could cut off dwindling escape routes.
U.S. Geological Survey officials say the lava was moving fast enough to cover about six football fields an hour.
This is video of fissure number eight shooting lava into the night sky on Tuesday.
Authorities had previously labeled it dormant, but on Monday it reactivated and began shooting out lava some 200 feet into the air.
The fissure is just one of some two dozen displaying volcanic activity.