An 18th split began spewing magma on Sunday as officials in Hawaii warned of the possibility of an "explosive eruption" as lava retreats from the summit lake at Kilauea.
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The Civil Defense Agency in Hawaii announced the opening of an 18th crack on Sunday on private land in the Lanipuna Gardens neighborhood. Overhead video showed houses only a short distance from where the earth had burst.
"Continuing earthquake activity and additional outbreaks in the area are likely," warned the Civil Defense Agency at 6 pm. Local time (midnight east time) update.
Two new cracks – the 16th and 17th – were open during the day Saturday. Both cracks were located in the Lower East Rift Zone, east of the Puna Geothermal Plant and northeast of the houses in the Lanipuna Gardens Division.
On April 3, the Kilauea volcano erupted, sending toxic gases into the atmosphere of the Big Island, causing more than a dozen rifts in the neighborhoods of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.
Nearly 2,000 people were evacuated from the neighborhoods last week.
Apartments in the lower Puna were asked to "finish their work to meet the water needs" and to reduce the number of inhabitants in the area.
Officials said last week that they've been moving up combustible materials from Puna Geothermal in case anything begins near them.
The agency said that the activity of the 16th rift, located in a largely wooded region away from the houses, was "insignificant" and "no significant lava flow from this area".
In addition to the new fissures, officials at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory had another volcanic eruption to worry about could occur on Kilauea.
"HVO warns of the possibility of an explosive eruption in the Halema" uma "crater due to the continued withdrawal of lava from the Kilauea Summit Lake," the Civil Protection Agency said in a statement. "This could create dangerous debris near the crater that hits up to ten miles off the wind."
The agency warned that boulders the size of refrigerators could be launched from the crater should another eruption occur.
President Donald Trump called a major disaster in Hawaii on Friday to allow federal funding for those on the island hit by the volcanic eruption.
At least 35 buildings, including two dozen houses, have been destroyed since the beginning of volcanic activity 10 days ago.