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New crack in Hawaii volcano spews lava

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New crack in Hawaiian volcano

A new lava fissure has opened up on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano as residents braced for an expected eruption.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an alert that an 18th fissure was discovered on Sunday along a road west of a major highway on the Big Island. Residents on that road were being told to evacuate.

The fissures, ground deformation, and abundant volcanic gases indicate eruptions on the eastern flank of Kilauea are likely to continue.

Kilauea is threatening to blow its top in coming days or weeks after sputtering lava for more than a week, forcing about 2,000 people to evacuate, and destroying two dozen homes.

Another volcanic fissure, a crack on the ground through which lava pours out, released slow-moving lava and toxic gas on Saturday night into island communities.


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