Growing concern for public safety in the midst of volcanic activity following the Kilauea eruption has seen evacuations ordered across Hawaii’s Big Island. While residents knew an eruption would happen eventually, they never expected this.

(CNN) Hawaii officials are evacuating areas of the Big Island following a series of earthquakes and volcanic activity that have put thousands of lives in danger and are damaging homes and infrastructure.

Although 1,700 residents have been ordered to leave, some are choosing to stay behind — a grave mistake, officials say, as volcanic activity shows little sign of slowing down.
Among the many threats they face are lava, sulfur dioxide poisoning and earthquake damage.

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