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Jaw-dropping before and after shots from Hawaii eruption

Caroline Floyd

Monday, May 7, 2018, 18:37 - Since it roared to life last Thursday, lava and poisonous gas from Kilauea has destroyed 26 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,700 people from the Leilani Estates neighborhood of Hawaii's Big Island. Fissures continued to open through the weekend, prompting officials to suggest residents "go now", as steam and lava fountained from new cracks in the earth.

While officials have asked would-be 'lava tourists' to keep their distance from the ongoing situation, the U.S. Geological Survey has been releasing images from their operations in the area. Many of the images emerging from the scene show the breathtaking power of this force of nature in action. We take a look at some of the current 'before-and-after' shots, below.

(Related: Each volcano has unique warning signs preceding an eruption)

A short lava flow was erupted from the fissure around 8 a.m. HST Saturday, moving northeast and crossing Hookupu St.

Hookapu Street in Leilani Estates subdivision on Saturday

At 1:24 p.m. HST, May 6, 2018, USGS scientists monitoring the eruption in Leilani Estates walk past spatter that was erupted from fissure 5-6 on Leilani Avenue.

A panoramic view of fissure 7 from the intersection of Leilani and Makamae Streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision. The 'after' photo was taken at 06:01 a.m. HST Saturday.

Fissure 3 opened around 6:00 a.m. HST on Friday, May 4, with weak fuming from a crack on Kaupili Street

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