Hawaii is in a state of emergency

The erupting Kilauea volcano is destroying more homes and has forced at least 1,800 people to evacuate as the hot lava forms new cracks in the ground.
2:27 | 05/07/18

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state of emergency. The kilauea volcano, shooting lava into the air. Destroying several homes, and the lava flow shifting magma and opening new cracks in the Earth. 1,800 forced to evacuate. Authorities bracing for more eruptions. Marci Gonzalez is on the scene. Reporter: Tonight, that ominous line of growing lava closing in. Sending woody keahi-nelson's childhood home up in flames. Still a shock and the memories hit me hard. Seeing these photos in my head of me and my brother in the backyard now its covered in ten feet of lava. Reporter: He and his family among the 1,800 forced to evacuate from two neighborhoods here on Hawaii's big island. Nine homes have already burned down as two new fissures have opened in the ground, spurting molten rock as high as 230 feet in the air. This view from above shows how far these active eruptions stretch. Woody came back to the checkpoint today hoping to be among the hundreds allowed back in to pick up belongings. Learning, he was too late. Others told they can't return, because of the other lingering threat. The biggest concern is with the sulphur dioxide fumes pouring into the air from these eruptions. Those toxic fumes in the smoke engulfing those neighborhoods. The gas levels too high for Chris klepps to return home. And with one of the new fissures opening today just feet away, he worries time is running out. When do get back home, what do you think you'll find? Ashes, ashes. Reporter: Residents bracing for that reality. And the possibility this may be just the beginning. This could continue for several weeks, days, months, years, we don't know. The worry level is high right now. Marci, some residents are being allowed to temporarily go back to their neighborhoods? Reporter: That's right. About half are being allowed back in for now, but they're only able to stay for a few hours. Officials are concerned the winds could shift, carrying the toxic fumes. It's something they're keeping a very close eye on tonight. Tom? Marci, thank you. Next to the deadly road rage manhunt in Missouri.

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