Lava is continuing to flow on Big Island into the ocean
Kilauea has been erupting continuously since May 3, when a series of earthquakes resulted in a powerful expulsion of lava.
Earthquakes continue to rock the summit, with the draining lava resulting in subsidence inside the volcano.
United States Geological Survey spokesman Steve Brantley told residents: “At the summit, the volcano continues to subside very slowly over time and periodically, now once about every 30 hours or almost every day, the ground drops as much as 2.5m.
“Each drop results in a ground shaking that’s equivalent to about a magnitude 5 event.”
Fissure 8 remains the most active, with lava pouring out into a channel constantly flowing across the island.
However, fissure 20 has also reactivated, spewing lava into the air and toward the ocean.
Fissures are cracks in the earth’s surface which are created when lava from an erupting volcano forces its way up towards land.
Mr Brantley added: “A high rate of lava is still being erupted and we really haven’t noticed a change in that rate.
“The lava is pouring into the open channel that makes it’s way to the northeast and makes a sharp right-hand turn on the east side of Kapoho crater.
“A little over a week ago, the open channel that was pouring into the ocean began to recede such that the distal portion of that lava flow was being covered over with a cooled surface.
“Instead the lava was moving through the core of that flow and entering the ocean in a very broad area.”
At 4pm Wednesday local time (3am Thursday BST), The Hawaii Civil Defense issued a warning for residents.
This Civil Defence Message reported: “Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent.
“A flow moving around the west side of Kapoho Cone has proceeded to a quarter of a mile to the coast.
Lava is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and creating a new mass of land
Lava has exploded across the island, destroying structures and homes
“Break outs are occurring from the main channel in Leilani Estates.
“The United States Geological Survey has confirmed that two homes on Luana Street have been destroyed by the break out and one home on Nohea Street is threatened.”
The latest official number of houses destroyed in Lower Puna was 700 – a figure which continues to rise as the volcano erupts.
The USGS said lava has covered more than 6,100 acres across Big Island, with a channel continuously pouring into the ocean.
This ocean entry has created new land, as the lava hardens when it hits cool water and sits along the seafloor.
The USGS said the lava flowing across Kapoho Bay and into the ocean has created at least 405 acres of new highly unstable land.
Residents remain displaced, unsure when they will return home, or indeed what they will be returning to.
On Monday, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim extended the state of emergency for at least the next 60 days, with scientists unsure when the turmoil on the island will end.