Fissures shoot microwave-oven-sized 'ballistic blocks' near Kilauea Volcano

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Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has burst from 21 giant ground cracks or fissures and torn through housing developments and farmland, threatening two highways that are exit routes for coastal areas.

Several fissures shot lava into the air on Wednesday (May 16, 2018) but one flow had not advanced any further toward coastal Highway 137, which remains around 1.6 km distant, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said in a statement.

No serious injuries or deaths have been reported from the eruption.

Meanwhile "ballistic blocks" the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

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