Kilauea, one of the most active volcanos on earth, erupted in dramatic fashion on Thursday following a series of earthquakes that jolted Hawaii. The governor of Hawaii declared a local state of emergency, ordering the evacuation of some 10,000 people.Handout/Getty Images Lava in the Fast Lane
Leilani Estates, a serene residential neighborhood in Pahoa, on the southeastern edge of the Big Island, found itself in harm's way as hot lava spewed from yawning fissures in the ground. The lava has cut off roads and engulfed at least 26 homes.FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images The Earth Breathes Fire
Boiling lava and molten rocks can shoot hundreds of feet in the air and release a dangerous level of sulfuric dioxide fumes.FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Letting Off Steam
As of Sunday night, at least 10 fissures were counted in the area, and scientists predicted more would form, although it is difficult to predict precisely where. Here, steam rises from a fissure on a road in Leilani Estates on May 4, 2018.Handout/Getty Images Ashes to Ashes
The 5 million-year-old Kilauea is one of the Hawaii's youngest volcanos and has been erupting continually since 1983; typically, the lava flows south into the ocean, sparing residential areas. Here, ash plumes rise from the Puu Oo crater, a main vent of Kilauea, on May 3, 2018 in Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed down and evacuated.Handout/Getty Images A Scar in the Sky
Kilauea's volcanic activity shows no sign of slowing down, and it's uncertain when life will return to normal on the normally tranquil island.