Lava creeping across roadways destroyed four homes and left dozens of others in the shadow of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano isolated Saturday, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by helicopters and more to plan for a possible evacuation.
Police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area east of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens and stopping people from entering.
Edwin Montoya, who lives with his daughter on her farm near the site, said the fissure that poured lava across the road opened and grew quickly.
“It was just a little crack in the ground, with a little lava coming out,” he said. “Now it’s a big crater that opened up where the small little crack in the ground was.”