Kilauea: Strong quakes follow Hawaii eruptions

One 6.9 magnitude quake, south-east of the volcano, was the most powerful to hit the US state since 1975.

It briefly cut power and sent people fleeing from buildings but there was no tsunami warning.

Meanwhile, several fresh eruptions spewed fountains of lava 30m (100ft), destroying several homes and leaving fissures on three streets.

The Civil Defense Agency told any remaining residents to evacuate.

It said there were deadly levels of dangerous sulphur dioxide gas in the air and emergency crews would not be able to help anyone affected.

Hawaii quake prompts fears of possible volcanic eruption

Reports from Hawaii said the quake followed hundreds of smaller earthquakes that have prompted preparations for a possible eruption.

The US Geological Survey has issued a volcano watch after an open vent below the nearby lava lake collapsed and triggered the quakes.

Plumes of pink smoke have been coming up out of the volcano and the quake was widely felt by residents.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported there was no tsunami warning issued.