The Hawaii volcano is preparing for major “explosive eruption”, according to scientists at USGS.
The eruption could be the largest the volcano has seen since 1924.
Scientists have issued an aviation red alert after a giant plume of ash and toxic gas was sent rocketing into the air, triggering fears a massive eruption could happen any minute.
The volcano has been spitting ash and lava into the surrounding area for 12 days, but scientists have been unable to pinpoint when the activity could cease.
Here is how you can watch the live webcam of the erupting volcano.
Explosive eruption in Kilauea is imminent
USGS has issued a red alert in Hawaii, warning that a major eruption could be imminent.
The alert on Big Island is specifically for locals and air traffic, notifying them that lava, earthquakes and giant, toxic gas plumes could disrupt much of the southern area of the state.
Hawaii County officials have warned of toxic gas and urged residents to leave the area as it may cause suffocation.
They said: “Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe.
“This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.”
USGS chemist David Damby said: “Ash is not poisonous but irritates the nose, eyes and airways. It can make roads slippery and large emissions could cause the failure of electrical power lines.”
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) warned the coming eruptions could be explosive and violent.
The HVO said in a statement: “At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent.”
Dramatic images show a giant plume of volcanic ash spiralling thousands of feet into the air, spreading toxic gases throughout the area.
Activity has continued to develop in the area this week, with a 20th fissure opening up on Tuesday, oozing fresh lava toward Lanipuna Gardens and the nearby farmland.
Authorities ordered more than 1,700 residents to evacuate from Leilani Estates and nearby Lanipuna Gardens.
Hawaii County civil defence administrator Taimadge Magno said: “It could be happening for a long time, or on the other hand mysteriously it could just end.”
There have been no reports of major injuries or death but 2,000 residents of the Leilani Estates in the Puna district were ordered to leave their homes after the fissures first appeared.
Dozens of homes and swathes of farmland in that area have been destroyed.
How to watch the live Hawaii volcano eruption webcam
The USGS has been monitoring Hawaii’s most active volcano for the last 12 days, measuring how much lava has been spit forth and how long this activity might take.
HVO have stationed webcams around the volcano to capture every bit of activity, operating 24/7.
To see the latest footage from Kilauea, visit the HVO website here.