Kilauea Volcano erupting from two new fissures

Lava continues to erupt from a new set of fissures along a one-mile-long line east of Kilauea Volcano's Puu Oo vent on the Big Island. This is the first time an eruption has occurred in that area in 15 years, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The fissures opened on July 21 within the state's Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve. The lava is oozing over ground covered by older flows and poses no danger to indigenous species, an Observatory spokesman said.

The eruption did not cause any new closures at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The east rift of Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been closed since June 17 when a series of small earthquakes shook the site.

A shift in magma away from the vent temporarily caused a quarter-century of continuous lava flow at Puu Oo to stop, threatening an end to one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state. Fresh lava returned to the crater floor on July 2, two weeks after the activity began.

Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, sending lava from the Puu Oo cone through a system of tubes to the ocean.

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