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New fissure spatters lava from Hawaii volcano

Published: May. 13, 2018 at 10:28 AM CDT
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A new lava fissure has opened on Hawaii's Big Island in the vicinity of a geothermal energy plant.

The U.S. Geological Survey said minor lava spatter erupted from the new fissure Saturday morning, which brings the number of fissures to 16.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports the fissure opened 1 mile northeast of the last fissure and east of the Puna Geothermal Venture plant.

No significant lava flow has been reported so far.

Plant workers this week removed the 50,000 gallons of pentane stored at the site as a precaution.

Geologists warn that the Kilauea volcano could shoot large boulders and ash out of its summit crater.

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a major disaster exists on the Big Island.