It happened. After hundreds of quakes rocked the Big Island, three fissures formed in the Leilani Estates area after a 5.0-magnitude earthquake shook the Puna district. As the newly formed cracks shot lava up to 150 feet in the air, and plumes of smoke filled the Puna skies, residents were quickly and safely evacuated to nearby community shelters. As beautiful as it is dangerous, the footage below serves as a jaw-dropping reminder of the sheer power Hawaii's volcanoes hold.
Aerial footage of Puu Oo Crater, whose floor collapsed days ago.
Three fissures formed in the Leilani Estates area in Puna, on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala streets.
Reports of the first eruption occurred at 6:30 p.m. on May 3, with the second fissure forming around 1:30 a.m. on May 4. The third eruption, on Kaupili Street, started around 6:40 a.m. on May 4.
A street view of the most recent fissure on Kaupili Street.
Helicopter footage of Kaupili Street eruption.
Pink smoke billows out of Puu Oo Crater in the distance.
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