UPDATE: Hawaii Volcano: Another fissure opens, new developments signal risk of explosions, danger in Pacific “Ring of Fire”

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An 18th fissure spattering lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has formed in the southeast corner of the Big Island, officials said Sunday, raising anxieties as the state braces for potentially violent eruptions.

The new fissure, a crack on the ground allowing lava to pour out, comes as state and federal officials already warned residents in that corner of the island to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

The article goes on to state the following:

The fissure was spotted west of state Highway 132, and led state officials to call for some residents along Halekamahina Loop Road to evacuate their homes.  Steam and lava spatter could be seen from the new fissure, officials said. It was not immediately clear how many residents are impacted by the evacuation order.

DML News offers further information published by FOXNEWS.COM:

Tina Neal, USGS scientist-in-charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the volcano is still “highly active.” The volcano could spew out “hotter, fresher” magma, destroying everything in its path. At least 36 structures, including 27 homes, have been destroyed since the eruptions began. The lave has covered more than 17 acres of land.

“The situation remains unstable. Additional outbreaks of lava are likely.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The new developments over the weekend also prompted the U.S. Geological Survey to warn of possible more disaster to come. Experts are eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast, part of the geologically active Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

The West Coast is home to an 800-mile chain of 13 volcanoes, from Washington state’s Mount Baker to California’s Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area.

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