The biggest active volcano in the world could erupt for the first time in 40 years if there is an increase in earthquakes.
The threat of an eruption is not imminent, so state officials urged Big Island residents to pack a bag of food.
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the volcano has been in heightened unrest for more than a month, with the number of earthquakes rising from between 10 and 20 per day to 40 to 50 per day.
The Big Island was struck by a 5.0-magnitude earthquake two weeks ago.
The entire island of 200,000 people could be affected by an eruption, according to the Civil Defense Administrator.
The summit has been closed to hiking since early October due to the increase in earthquakes.
Four months after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in the volcano's summit, there was no eruption. There were no deaths reported from the eruption. According to the National Park Service, 77 people were killed by land slides and a wave caused by an eruption. 700 homes were destroyed by Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in the last year.
They need to be aware of the possibility of a large eruption. There's a chance of a lava disaster.
Big Island residents were told to pack a bag.
Hawaii's Big Island is getting warnings as a volcano rumbles.