Before the Leilani Estates eruption, the volcano's summit had been releasing an average of 3,000 to 6,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each day.
They also used the announcement to warn that lava spatters "can weigh as much as a refrigerator, and even small pieces of spatter can kill".
The volcanic eruptions have been escalating for about two weeks, severely damaging nearby residential neighborhoods. County of Hawaii Civil Defense in a statement said "Fissures near Puna Geothermal Venture are active and producing lava slowly flowing onto the property".
"I was actually in the house and the bombs had waned to a point where they were nearly nonexistent at this point on Saturday morning", Clinton, who was helping look after homes in the area, explained. "But you don't want to catch this football". He was rushed to Hilo Medical Center, where he said physicians cleaned out his wound, removed tissue they could not save and, to his surprise, stabilised the leg he felt nearly certain he would lose.
Clinton said doctors saved his leg, but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks. I can't believe they could put it back together.
"I just wanted to live".
Lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure flows past trees downed by lava, as it flows toward the Pacific Ocean, on Hawaii's Big Island, on Monday, May 21, near Pahoa, Hawaii.
The harrowing incident did little to dampen his awe of the volcano and its powers - or his desire to remain there.
"It was incredible. It was just the event of a lifetime", Clinton said. "It was all happening at one time".
At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area of the Puna district, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday when a plate-sized chunk of molten shot out of a fissure and struck him on the leg.
The USGS is monitoring explosions at the volcano's summit that has spurted fountains of lava up to 50metres from cracks or fissures. When lava hits the sea and cools, it breaks apart and sends fragments flying into the air, which could land on boats in the water, said U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall.
The molten rock - flowing into the ocean, as residents cope with lava bombs, toxic gas, and a deadly, airborne mix of hydrochloric acid and glass particles. It's been generating plumes of lava haze or "laze" as it interacts with seawater.
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The army said there were no injuries on the Israeli side, and no additional details were immediately available. However, the court has not opened a full-blown investigation that could ultimately lead to indictments.