Kilauea is turning some of Hawaii’s streets into Bunsen burners

Mount Kilauea started erupting almost three weeks ago, and has forced over 1,700 people to evacuate. The volcano’s main crater, Puʻu ʻŌʻō, has been spewing smoke and potentially noxious gases downwind during that time, and some 16 fissures—like burst pipes of lava running underneath the ground—are now oozing lava. This lava has destroyed dozens of homes, and in one case is dangerously encroaching on a local power plant.

In addition to the lava, these fissures have caused another,...

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