A man swims in the ocean in Hilo, Hawaii, Friday, May 11, 2018. Warnings that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island.(AP/Jae C. Hong)
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More destructive lava flows could soon hit Hawaii's Big Island as the Kilauea volcano erupts, posing a greater threat than oozing magma that has so far destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, scientists said.As a lava lake at Kilauea's summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. Fifteen large cracks or fissures have opened on the eastern flank of Kilauea since the volcano erupted eight days ago. The volcanic vents have oozed relatively cool, sluggish magma left over from a similar event in 1955 . Geologists expect new lava outbreaks in or around the hard-hit Leilani Estates area in the southeastern Puna district, about 32 kilometers south of Hilo, where 27 homes have been destroyed and all 1,900 residents have been evacuated.
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