• 16th, 17th and 18th fissures open with magma thrown 100ft into air
  • Geologists say steam eruption could produce 20,000ft plume

New lava fissures, ground deformation and abundant volcanic gases indicate eruptions on the eastern flank of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii are likely to continue, experts said on Sunday.

Thousands of people have fled their homes on Big Island and dozens of structures have been destroyed. Geologists have warned that Kilauea’s summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would spew ash 20,000ft (6,100 metres) high and spread debris up to 12 miles (19km).

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