>> The flames coming out, Are like a blowtorch.>> Scientist warning residents of Hawaii's big island that more destructive lava could be heading their way. Posing an even greater threat than what's been seen so far. 15 large cracks have opened up on the eastern side of Kilauea since the volcano erupted over a week ago.
The vents have oozed relatively cool, sluggish magma left over from a similar eruption in 1955. Now, as the volcano continues to bubble, scientists warn fresher and much hotter magma could emerge. The new eruptions could start within days or weeks and hurl boulders as big as cars. And it's the hard hit Leilani Estates area which geologists expect will see most of this volcanic action.
Dozens of homes there have already been destroyed and nearly 2,000 residents have been evacuated. Terray Sylvester is on the ground for Reuters.>> In Pahoa the closest major town to the eruption area more than 100 people are still stating in a Red Cross evacuation center. And some evacuees have set up temporary homes in baseball dugouts stringing up tarps to keep out the rain.
>> Emergency crews are are warning people in the evacuation zones to leave or prepare for the worst. Saying they may have little or no time to clear out in the event of future eruptions may form massive clouds of volcanic smog or vog.>> The sulfur dioxide is toxic and some residents say they've suffered coughing fits because of it.
At times, the sulfur dioxide gas has been so thick that they couldn't see the ocean just a quarter mile from their homes. And some residents have created safe rooms in their houses where they've sealed off the windows with plastic in an attempt to keep out the sulfur dioxide.
Other residents have told me that the sulfur dioxide gas has caused vegetation around their homes and fruit trees in their gardens to turn brown and die.>> Hawaii's governor estimates that it could cost $2.9 million over the next month to protect residents.