Three new fissures have opened on Hawaii's Big Island, spewing lava and fueling fears of violent explosions more than a week after the Kilauea volcano erupted.
Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated since the volcano erupted on 3rd May, sending lava flowing into communities and threatening a nearby geothermal plant.
#HVO #KilaueaVolcano May 12 evening update (7:07PM HST): New outbreak reported at 6:00 pm ~0.5 mile northeast from end of Hinalo Road, very close to fissure 16 Lava is actively spattering and degassing but no flow has yet formed. https://t.co/7sDZqcx8dU #KilaueaErupts pic.twitter.com/Lea1b41NSo— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 13, 2018
According to the Civil Defense Emergency System for the County of Hawaii a crack on the ground through which lava pours out, was reported on Sunday.
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the fissure is several hundred yards long and splattering lava tens of feet into the air.
The US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the 16th and 17th fissures were reported on Saturday.
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