Lava Bubbling From 2 Vents At Hawaii Volcano

Lava is bubbling out of two vents as Kilauea volcano erupts in a residential neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island.

Posted: May 5, 2018 3:53 PM

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The Latest on a volcanic eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

Lava is bubbling out of two vents as Kilauea volcano erupts in a residential neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island.

Hawaii County spokeswoman Kanani Aton says two of the eight vents that have formed since Thursday are actively spattering lava. A few others are releasing steam and gas while the oldest of the vents aren't doing anything.

She says the vents are following a pattern of releasing steam and gas, then spattering lava and then releasing steam again before going quiet.

Hawaii County has ordered evacuations for over 1,700 people living in Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens.

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10 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a total of eight fissures have opened as Kilauea volcano erupts and releases lava into a residential area on Hawaii's Big Island.

The fissures are vents where lava is spurting out of the ground into the air. They began forming in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Thursday.

U.S. Geological Survey geologist Janet Babb says there were eight by Saturday morning, two more than what was calculated the night before.

The lava has burned at least two homes. Hawaii County has ordered evacuations for over 1,700 people living in Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens.

On Friday, a magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck the area as magma shifted through the volcano.

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