British travellers in Hawaii have been urged to heed evacuation orders after a powerful earthquake hit on Friday in the wake of volcano erupting.

The eruption of the Kilauea volcano reportedly destroyed 35 buildings and threatened hundreds more.

At least 2,000 people were evacuated as lava shot up to 230ft into the air.

Hawaii’s Big Island was then hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake.

This triggered a change in Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice to the US to say: “There has been volcanic eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island and some local residents have been evacuated.

“British nationals in the area should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.”

Kilauea is described as one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has been in constant eruption for 35 years.