Kilauea is the biggest and most active of the islandâ€™s five volcanoes and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Located on the southern shore of Hawaiiâ€™s "Big Island" Kilauea has been erupting consistently since 1983 after a period of being dormant.
It is a shield-type volcano making up the south-eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
The volcano rises 4,190 feet above sea level and makes up around 14 per cent of the land area of the Big Island.
The summit caldera contains a lava lake known as Halema`uma`u that is said to be the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele.
At first glance, Kilauea appears to be part of the larger volcano Mauna Loa.
However, geological data indicates that it is a separate volcano with its own vent and conduit system.
Kilauea has had more than 60 recorded eruptions in the current cycle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and has been erupting on a continuous basis since 1983.
Since May 3, nearly 2,000 people in Puna in the southeast of the Big Island have been evacuated.
The lower Puna district of the Big Island is home to around 187,000 people.
The American Red Cross said 500 people sought refuge in its shelters overnight on Sunday, May 13 due to worsening volcanic activity.
At least two dozen homes have already been destroyed.
More evacuations are expected as more lava-belching cracks are expected to open near homes and across the Hawaiian countryside around 25 miles east of Kilauea.
It is feared that this could potentially block one of the last exit routes, Highway 132.
Hawaii National Guard spokesman Jeff Hickman has confirmed that more evacuations will be triggered if lava hits either of the islandâ€™s main highways â€“ 132 and 137.to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)