Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroys 26 homes

The flow of lava intensified around Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Sunday, pushing the number of houses destroyed to at least 26. Some of the more than 1,700 people evacuated from two subdivisions have been told it’s unclear when they can go back. Hundreds of small earthquakes rattled the area over the weekend, and two new fissures opened up, bringing the total to nine, and experts warned that more lava-spewing vents could appear. Authorities also warned that sulfuric gas pouring out of the vents posed another potential threat to residents hoping to return briefly to their homes to get medicine and important documents, and retrieve pets.

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