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Photos: The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano

  • Author: ADN wire services
  • Updated: May 12, 2018
  • Published May 8, 2018

On April 30, the floor of a crater on top of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island collapsed, sending its pool of lava back underground and causing a series of small earthquakes. Scientists predicted the magma would travel elsewhere and push its way back to the surface somewhere in the East Rift Zone.

They were correct.

An increase in volcanic activity has forced over a dozen vents to open in the Leilani Estates subdivision, bringing with it spewing lava, historic earthquakes and toxic gas that has rendered parts of the once-serene residential area unrecognizable.

Officials say more outbreaks are likely to occur along the East Rift Zone, and it's unclear so far how long they will continue or where new fissures might form.

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