Lava is reported to have been spewed high into the air in one area of Hawaii's 'Big Island'
Hundreds of residents have been evacuated in Hawaii following a volcanic eruption.
The eruption of Mount Kilauea followed a series of earthquakes in recent days, according to BBC.
Hawaii News Now reported the eruption sent "spewing lava into the air as high as utility poles".
Officials called for an evacuation of Leilani Estates district on Hawaii's 'Big Island', following 'steam and lava emissions' in the area.
Local media reported around 1,700 people live in the evacuated areas, and it was unclear when they would be able to return to their homes.
The Red Cross opened emergency shelters at two local community centres for those affected.
In a statement, Hawaii County Civil Defense said: "Evacuating residents should bring emergency evacuation supplies, including food, medicines, and items necessary for personal comfort, if possible.
"Hawaii County Civil Defense, police, fire, and partners continue to assist evacuation efforts and monitor the situation."
Local governor David Ige, meanwhile, signed an emergency proclamation in the wake of the eruption, to provide "relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people":