"We have a skilled contingent of scientists, geologists, meteorologists, and health experts whose work is being supported around the clock by emergency officials and law enforcement personnel from federal, state and county agencies", Gov. Ige said.
Hawaii has what may be the highest statewide home prices in the United States, with the median home value in the state at about $605,000, according to the housing website Zillow. Gen. Kenneth Hara of the Hawaii National Guard said in a statement.
"You just don't know what to expect from one day to the next", said Leilani Estates resident Jim Carpenter.
Puna covers as much ground as Los Angeles, but its population is much smaller, hovering around 45,000 people.
On the Big Island in Hawaii, the Kilauea volcano is continuing to erupt, spewing plumes of ash and lava. The lava has been pouring down the flank of the volcano and into the ocean miles away, leading to the evacuation of around 2,000 people, the Associated Press reports.
Laze - lava haze - is still posing a serious risk from the streams of molten lava which have snaked their way across the island into the ocean.
Jack Renauer of Kalapana Seaview would be one of those isolated residents, but he said he evacuated to his son's house in Waimea.
Lava has destroyed 50 buildings, including about two dozen homes.
Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane
"I don't need to be breathing that or getting it in my skin or eyes", Renauer said, referring to the emissions.
"If you turn to the right, that was the edge of Leilani Estates", Hickman continued, "there's a couple streets that came off of it, all gone".
He said the situation there hasn't changed much but remains concerning.
There are four fissures bursting with lava in evacuated Leilani Estates.
The middle portion of the fissure system has been described as the most active. It was the projectiles from the lava fountains they had to watch for, and they had learned to judge their arc as they sailed through the air, pushed by the wind. Kauahikaua said it was moving along the west side of another flow. When asked if that means residents would be able to leave but not use the road to return to their homes in Lower Puna, Ferracane said she would have to check. But work on the wells and monitoring continue. Right before the explosion, there was a 3.9 magnitude natural disaster at the summit. Her recent article is titled "Workers Scramble to Seal Wells at Geothermal Plant Threatened by Lava".
Meanwhile, sulfur dioxide and other gases form volcanic fog, otherwise known as vog.
No, the Mount Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is not affecting weather in Chicago. The eruption "is still evolving", the observatory said.