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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts forcing evacuations

Lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure advances up a residential street in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii’s Big Island in Pahoa, Hawaii. Lava from the volcano also flowed to a geothermal power plant today raising fears that toxic gas could be released if wells are breached by lava. The Big Island, one of eight main islands that make up Hawaii state, is struggling with tourist bookings following the Kilauea volcano eruptions, with summer bookings at the island down 50 percent. Officials stress that the eruptions have thus far only affected a small portion of the island. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)