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08/05/2018 00:19 SAST

Photos And Videos Capture Hawaii Lava Consuming Car, Destroying Buildings

Officials can’t predict when the volcanic threat will die down.

A video of lava deluging a car during Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruption and other staggering photos provide a grim look at how powerful the spewing molten rock is. 

Shared late Sunday night by WeatherNation, the time-lapse clip shows the creeping lava engulfing a car parked on the side of the road in the Big Island’s Leilani Estates.

Since it first began spewing lava into residential areas on Thursday, the volcano has forced about 1,700 evacuations as it blanketed the island’s Puna district, destroyed at least 35 structures and forced roadway closures. Authorities have identified the emergence of 10 fissures, elongated fractures or cracks in the earth’s surface from which lava spews.

Officials said Sunday it was impossible to predict when the destructive volcanic activity would cease. Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted last week after days of earthquakes. The volcanic activity intensified on Friday after powerful, back-to-back temblors shook the island. 

Take a look below at more images of the disaster unfolding:

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    A lava flow moves on Makamae Street on Sunday in Leilani Estates.
  • Terray Sylvester / Reuters
    Lava erupts from a fissure east of the Leilani Estates subdivision during ongoing eruptions on May 13, 2018. 
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    Lava erupts from a fissure in Leilani Estates on Saturday.
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    Carolyn McNamara, 70, hugs her neighbor Paul Campbell, 68, at an evacuation center in Pahoa after moving out of their homes in the Puna community of Leilani Estates on Friday.
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    A column of robust, reddish-brown ash plume looms over the Big Island on Friday. 
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    A man watches as lava spews from a fissure in Leilani Estates on Friday.
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    Visitors view the Halemaumau crater within the Kilauea volcano summit caldera at the re-opened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Monday.
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    Lava from volcanic fissures slowly flows and overtakes structures and trees in Leilani Estates on Sunday.
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    People take photos of lava as steam rises from a fissure in Leilani Estates on Friday.
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    A plume of gas mixed with smoke from fires caused by lava rises amid clouds in Leilani Estates on Sunday.
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    The collapsed Puu Oo crater, which formed on April 30, spews ash on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Thursday.
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    A man climbs onto a petrified lava flow from long ago for a picture of the plume of volcanic smoke over Leilani Estates on Sunday.
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    A crack opened on Pahoa's Pohoiki Road on Saturday.
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    Personnel at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park turn people away on Saturday.
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    Police and the National Guard check the identification of every vehicle passenger before allowing evacuees to return to their homes in Leilani Estates on Sunday.
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    The level of the summit's lava lake has reportedly dropped since last week. 
  • Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images
    Vehicles head for the intersection of Pahoa and Kapoho roads as evacuees are allowed to return to their Leilani Estates homes to gather belongings on Sunday.
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    A fissure in Leilani Estates lights up its surroundings on Friday.
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    U.S. Geological Survey scientists monitor Kilauea's eruption spatter on the roads in Leilani Estates on Sunday.
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    Smoke and volcanic gases rise as lava cools in the Leilani Estates neighborhood, in the aftermath of eruptions and lava flows from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 11, 2018.
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    Parishioners pray at Sacred Heart Church on Hawaii's Big Island on Sunday.
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    A lava fissure erupts in the aftermath of eruptions from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 12, 2018.
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    In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a lava flow emerges from a fissure as a result of Kilauea volcano activity on Hawaii's Big Island on May 13, 2018.
  • Terray Sylvester / Reuters
    Lava erupts from a fissure east of the Leilani Estates subdivision on May 13, 2018. 
  • Mario Tama via Getty Images
    The latest Kilauea volcano activity illuminates the sky and is reflected off a vehicle (Bottom) on Hawaii's Big Island on May 14, 2018.
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    Lava flows at a new fissure in the aftermath of eruptions from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island as a local resident walks nearby after taking photos on May 12, 2018.
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    Lieutenant Aaron Hew Lew, of the Hawaii National Guard, measures levels of toxic sulfur dioxide gas on May 8, 2018. 
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    Molten rock flows and burst to the surface, threatening homes in a rural area in this still image from an aerial video taken from a Hawaii Army National Guard a week after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, in Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S., May 10, 2018.
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    Puna District resident Ray Kaaihue (L), 47, listens with his wife Jennifer, 46, their daughter Kieryn, 22, and Kieryn's daughter, Karsyn, 1, during a community meeting on the ongoing eruptions on May 7, 2018. 
  • Terray Sylvester / Reuters
    Major Jeff Hickman, of the Hawaii National Guard, takes a photo in the Leilani Estates subdivision on May 13, 2018. 
  • Mario Tama via Getty Images
    An ash plume rises from the Halemaumau crater within the Kilauea volcano summit caldera at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on May 9, 2018.
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    U.S. Army National Guard soldiers take measurements for dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide gas near a volcanic fissure in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on May 10, 2018.