Updated at 5:45 p.m.
Hawai`i County Civil Defense says that a mandatory evacuation is in place for all residents in the Leilani Estates as well as those in the Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions.
In addition, the Kea`au Community Center will open in addition to the Pahoa Community Center for additional shelter needs.
Original story published at 5:11 p.m.
Hawai`i County Civil Defense says residents in the Leilani Subdivision are being asked to evacuate as a mandatory evacuation is now in effect for residents in Leilani Estates Subdivision located from Luana Street down to Mohala Street including the lower end of Leilani Avenue to the end of the subdivision to Pohoiki Road.
Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate.
The subdivision closure is result of the Department of Public Works reporting steam and lava emissions from a crack in Leilani Estates Subdivision on Mohala Street.
The intersection at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road is now closed to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.
The county says responding units are working to isolate the eruption.
Local traffic into the subdivision will be allowed from Malama and Leilani into the subdivision.
The American Red Cross say they are in the process of opening a shelter at the Pahoa Community Center for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat. The shelter, located at 15-3022 Kauhale Street in Pahoa, is expected to open at 5 p.m.
The county is reminding the public that those evacuating should bring their emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.
In addition, Puna Geothermal Venture is executing their emergency plan and starting to shut down operations at their time.