A local state of emergency has been declared after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on Hawaii's largest island. More quakes and eruptions have been forecast and over a thousand local residents have been evacuated.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says, “British nationals in the area should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.”
Kilauea is described as one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It has been erupting almost constantly for the last 35 years.
Take out a good travel insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation and medical costs.
Stay informed about real-time safety and security risks by keeping a close eye on news reports from the State of Hawaii: http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/category/news-release/
For more information about volcanic eruptions, see https://www.ready.gov/volcanoes
Advice from the Hawaii Department of Health:
“The best way to protect yourself and your family from the extremely dangerous volcanic gases is to leave the immediate area of the volcano defined by the police and fire department. This is especially important if you or a family member has asthma or other respiratory disease or illness.”