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Hawaiian Officials Encourage More Evacuations After New Fissure Opens

Hawaiian Officials Encourage More Evacuations After New Fissure Opens

Authorities said the two new cracks were spotted in the Lanipuna Gardens neighbourhood where residents were ordered to evacuate earlier this month after the volcano erupted and two major earthquakes rattled the island.

One of the new fissures to open on Sunday, a groove of lava with smoke pouring out both ends, appeared to be about 1,000 feet (300 meters) long and among the largest of those fracturing the side of Kilauea, a 4,000-foot-high (1,200-meters) volcano with a lake of lava at its summit. In particular, the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent, where lava is exposed, has erupted nearly continuously since January 1983.

The volcano began erupting May 3.

People nixing vacations to Hawaii's Big island has cost the tourism industry millions of dollars as the top attraction, Kilauea volcano, keeps spewing lava. Additional fissures may still form in new areas as well, further complicating things. "There are no homes or roads threatened at this time".

After a new fissure opened on Wednesday about half a mile from a geothermal power plant, Hawaii Governor David Ige set up an emergency task force to remove the pentane used in the plant's turbines.

Before fissure number 17, the 16th fissure had spilled lava into a field inching towards homes.

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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Residents living near the fissure were told to evacuate, and two nearby community centers were serving as shelters for people and pets.

Two more fissures have opened as Kilauea continues to ravage Hawaii - this brings the total of fissures up to 19.

"We've got all the warning signs we need", Steve Brantley, the deputy scientist-in-charge at the HVO, said in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In this May 13, 2018 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, gases rise from a fissure near Pahoa, Hawaii.

According to the latest report from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, issued on Sunday, May 13th, the flow has not yet stopped.

Geologists have warned that Kilauea's summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would hurl boulders and ash miles into the sky.