Hawaii emergency declared over volcano eruption

Mount Kilauea volcano has erupted near a residential area on Hawaii's largest Island, prompting a local state of emergency and the mandatory evacuation of 1,700 local residents. One witness said lava had burst across a road like a curtain of fire. He said he could smell sulphur and burning trees. The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter.

The eruption follows a series of strong earthquakes over recent days. Hawaii's Governor David Ige says he has activated military reservists from the National Guard to help evacuate thousands of people.