Volcano's fissures downgraded to 17, not 18

Hawaii County map shows the proximity of the new breakout to Puna Geothermal Venture

Hawaii County map shows the proximity of the new breakout to Puna Geothermal Venture

It was there that officials found the new fissure along the road.

If the highway is cut off, officials will start to plan for another major evacuation, Hawaii National Guard spokesman Major Jeff Hickman told reporters.

Big Island authorities said the eruption effects just 10 percent of the island, so there's plenty to see and do without having to go near the red hot rivers of lava that continue to crawl their way out of fishers on the slopes of Kilauea.

More than 12 lava fissures have been recorded in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Puna, Hawaii, as of May 9.

"As more fissures open and toxic gas exposure increases, the potential of a larger scale evacuation increases", Mr Ige said in a tweet yesterday evening.

Barrios said he was filming in the Kapoho community - which is located in the Puna district of Hawaii, where a 17th fissure opened up early Sunday morning.

Most of the lava outbreaks have occurred in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood, where molten rock has burst through the ground, destroying more than two dozen homes and resulting in evacuation orders for almost 2,000 people.

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In this May 11, 2018, photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, a weak ash plume rises from the Overlook Vent in Halema'uma'u crater of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. No homes or roadways are threatened by this flow.

Kilauea volcano is near-constantly erupting from vents either on its summit (caldera) or on the rift zones.

Rather than exploding, at Kilauea "you get an oozing of lava at the surface", explains U.S. Geological Survey volcano hazards coordinator Charles Mandeville.

Geologists warned last week that at some point in the days and...

"Popping, exploding and sloshing sounds could be heard from the fissure as far as 1,500 yards away".

Officials say the pace of bookings for hotels and tour activities on the Big Island of Hawaii are down about 50 percent compared with previous years as an erupting volcano spews lava for a second week. Molten rocks were reportedly bursting through the ground, destroying over two dozen homes and structures.

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