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The flames are caused by methane, a gas produced when lava buries and burns plants and trees.
Weak El Nino conditions — water warming on the surface of the ocean along the equator — could make the next few months stormier.
He has been diagnosed with walking pneumonia after suffering at least one and possibly two heart attacks last month.
“There are many unpredictable things that could happen,” says the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
Update: Other residents in a rural area cut off by new flows from the Kilauea volcano to shelter in place.
A volcano expert says there is no way of knowing whether this is really the beginning or toward the end of the Big Island eruption.
Hawaii County officials announced they will begin handing out free masks to prevent people from breathing in ash.
The state is forming a joint task force to handle mass evacuations of the Puna district if lava flows cover major roads and isolates the area.