Across the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, authorities say nearly a dozen people are now stranded in an area cut off by a river of lava as the volcanic eruption escalates on the big island.
The erupting Kilauea volcano has cut off access to the Kapoho and Vacationland areas.
Officials say residents were warned this was their last chance to evacuate but their escape route was cut off by lava flow.
"It kinda makes it harder for responders and emergency personnel, because we're tracking stuff that's potentially dangerous, and if one of those walls break out, and they're there - they're gonna be inundated right away, we're not gonna be able to help them," one official said.
First responders are conducting search and rescue missions in affected isolated areas today.
Officials warn residents on the south and west sides of the island should take action to limit exposure to gas, ash and volcanic particles.
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