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8 vents open as Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a total of eight fissures have opened as Kilauea volcano erupts and releases lava into a residential area on Hawaii's Big Island.

The fissures are vents where lava is spurting out of the ground into the air.

They began forming in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on Thursday.

U.S. Geological Survey geologist Janet Babb says there were eight by Saturday morning, two more than what was calculated the night before.

The lava has burned at least two homes.

Hawaii County has ordered evacuations for over 1,700 people living in Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens.

On Friday, a magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck the area as magma shifted through the volcano.

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