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New fissure, toxic ash: the latest from the Kilauea eruption




Lava is blurred as it erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure, above treetops, on Hawaii's Big Island on May 17, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii.
Lava is blurred as it erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure, above treetops, on Hawaii's Big Island on May 17, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii.
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There’s been a new fissure in the Kilauea volcano, which erupted Thursday in Hawaii.

The newest opening is in Leilani Estates, bringing the total number of fissures to 21. Over two dozen homes have been consumed by lava and authorities have handed out about 2,000 masks, warning locals of sulfur dioxide gas and toxic ash.

We check in with a scientist on the ground in Hawaii for the latest.

Guest:

Wendy Stovall, deputy scientist-in-charge at the U.S.Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory; she studied Kilauea in Hawaii from 2005-2009