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SNAPPED: People taking these photographs can land themselves a hefty fine

Earlier this month, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii was rattled by its 14th earthquake which unleashed another explosive eruption.

It has shown no signs of slowing down since its first eruption on May 3, with more than 600 homes covered in lava.

Thousands have been evacuated from the area as a state of emergency remains in place in Hawaii.

And tourists who are caught up in the danger zone have attempted to take selfies and photographs of the scene.

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Mount Kilauea is blasting out 'ballistic blocks' the size of KITCHEN APPLIANCES and the authorities are warning it could get WORSE The ash plume rapidly rises from the erruption site Getty Images The ash plume rapidly rises from the eruption site

“I find there is a need to strengthen the enforcement tools available to county and state emergency management officials”

David Ige

This has resulted in their arrest and the risk of a huge fine.

According to Fortune, tourists who attempt to enter restricted zones could land a hefty £5,000 fine or more.

At least 40 people have been arrested for allegedly entering the cordoned off zones.

People are entering the areas in an attempt to take photographs of the lava.

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Due to a risk of dangerous gases and hot lava, the areas have been blocked off.

Hawaii Governor David Ige warned officials needed stronger ways to limit access to the areas.

He said: “I find there is a need to strengthen the enforcement tools available to county and state emergency management officials in controlling public access to dangerous areas and associated evacuation efforts as a result of the failure of the public to comply with instructions and orders issued by officials.”

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HAWAII: The Kilauea volcano was rattled by its 14th earthquake

Kilauea volcano eruption LIVE PICTURES

Staggering images show the sheer scale of the Hawaiian Kilauea volcano, as lava and hazardous fumes continue to spew A lava flow moving on Makamae Street in Leilani Estates in Hawaii AFP/Getty Images A lava flow moving on Makamae Street in Leilani Estates in Hawaii

Lava flows have knocked out telephone and power lines, causing widespread communication outages, and forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant.

Seaside residents and boaters also have been warned to avoid noxious clouds of laze – a term combining the words "lava" and "haze".

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