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1A mas­sive new fis­sure opened on Hawaii’s Ki­lauea vol­cano, hurl­ing bursts of rock and magma on Sun­day while threat­en­ing nearby homes within a zone where au­thor­i­ties had just or­dered an evac­u­a­tion. The fis­sure, a vivid gouge of magma with steam and smoke pour­ing out both ends, was the 17th to open on the vol­cano since it be­gan erupt­ing on May 3. Dozens of homes have been de­stroyed and hun­dreds of peo­ple forced to evac­u­ate in the past 10 days. As seen from a he­li­copter, the crack ap­peared to be about 1,000 feet long and among the largest of those frac­tur­ing the side of Ki­lauea, a 4,000-foot-high vol­cano with a lake of lava at its sum­mit. Civil De­fense of­fi­cials on Sun­day or­dered peo­ple liv­ing on Halekamahina Road to evac­u­ate and be on the alert for gas emis­sions and lava spat­ter. Nearby va­ca­tion rentals were di­rected to cease op­er­a­tions to con­serve water and en­able emer­gency op­er­a­tions to con­cen­trate on year-round res­i­dents. A pair of homes sat about 100 yards be­neath the fis­sure on the hill­side. Mean­while, other fis­sures con­tin­ued to bil­low smoke over homes in Pa­hoa, on the Big Is­land of Hawaii, the largest of the Hawai­ian is­lands.

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