HILO (INTELLIHUB) — Lava flowing from Kīlauea prompted Hawaii officials to issue a mandatory evacuation order on Thursday for a portion of Leilani Estates.

The order was signed by Mayor Harry Kim under a State of Emergency and was made effective as of 12 noon local time, giving residents 24 hours to be completely out of the area or they will face arrest.

“The Big Island’s mayor, Harry Kim, declared a roughly 17-block swath of the lava-stricken Leilani Estates subdivision off-limits indefinitely and gave any residents remaining there 24 hours to leave or face possible arrest,” Reuters reports.

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BIG ISLAND — Mayor Harry Kim has ordered mandatory evacuations of the highlighted area located in Leilani Estates. (Hawaii County Civil Defense)

“Persons violating this order are subject to arrest and liability for any recovery costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area,” an excerpt from the actual order clearly stated.

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