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Fissure Reactivates in Hawaii, Spattering Lava and Emitting Gas

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that Fissure 8, one of the westernmost active fissures on Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone, reactivated late on May 25 into May 26.

USGS also released this footage of lava spattering and gas emitting from the fissure. A mini-spatter cone seen on the right of the video was also constantly active.

The agency said on May 27 that field crews found large cracks near Fissure 9 but observed no “effusive activity.”

Another update from the agency said that the lava flow from Fissure 7 increased overnight into Sunday, “producing a large spatter rampart over 100 feet tall from fountains reaching 150-200 feet into the night sky.”

Almost 2,400 acres around Kilauea have been covered by the new lava, the survey stated.

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate and dozens of houses have been destroyed, according to local authorities.

Video credit: USGS via Storyful