"Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice", the county says.
Officers have issued 18 total citations in the last week to people for bypassing checkpoints and entering unsafe areas, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) said in a statement.
There is a possibility that some residents could have died in the disaster, officials said. Both are at risk of being cut off as lava flows toward the ocean and blocks potential escape routes.
A morning overflight confirmed that lava completely filled Kapoho Bay, inundated most of Vacationland and covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.
Lava from a fissure near the volcano entered Kapoho Bay overnight, forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere as hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific Ocean.
"For us it's more of a vacation area, but for those who live there permanently, they're trying to figure out where they're going to be living", he said.
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Shelters were opened for those forced to flee. "Evacuations and searches are under way", he said, quoted by Reuters . Mario Cruz, a spokesman for the volunteer firefighter corps, said 3,100 people had evacuated the area so far.
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The storm has killed two people in the state - journalists with WYFF, the NBC-TV affiliate in Greenville, S.C. A Flash Flood Watch also goes into effect tomorrow morning through Wednesday morning for parts of the area.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area.
"They are being asked to leave. Period", county spokeswoman Janet Snyder said.
At the same time, most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the island's biggest tourist attractions, remains closed indefinitely due to hazards from ash and volcanic rock ejected from the summit crater, and accompanying earthquakes that have damaged park facilities.
The resulting steam from the lava creates a anxious mixture that is leaking into the atmosphere, with hydrochloric acid and volcanic gas posing threats to anyone nearby, acting as an irritant to skin, eyes and lungs.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the explosion was associated with a Magnitude 5.5 quake. This eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.
Hawaii Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters that people needed to stay at least 1,000 feet back from the bay to avoid health effects from the laze, in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.