Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Caused More Evacuations: New Fissure Opened and More Homes Destroyed

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PAHOA, Hawaii — As a new fissure opened and more structures were destroyed after Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruption, some residents are warned: “go now”. Hawaii emergency authorities are battling lava flows and gas eruptions.

 

The volcano has destroyed 26 homes and forced 1,700 people to leave their residences since Thursday’s eruption, spewing lava and toxic gas from volcanic vents in the eastern corner of Hawaii’s Big Island, home to about 200,000 people.

 

At Sunday night, a new fissure opened in the Leilani Estates area some 12 miles (19 km) from the volcano, prompting a cellphone alert for residents to leave homes to avoid sulfur dioxide gas, which can be life-threatening at high levels.

 

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said, there were no deaths or major injuries reported so far.

 

Evacuees from Leilani Estates could return for pets, medications and check property on Sunday.

 

Early Monday, 161 people were housed at two shelters on the island, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said.

 

Eruptions of lava and gas were expected to continue, along with aftershocks from Friday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the largest in the area since 1975, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

 

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