Quakes, lava and gas: Hawaii residents flee volcanic threats


PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Many rural residents living on an erupting volcano in Hawaii fled the threat of lava that spewed into the air in bursts of fire and pushed up steam from cracks in roadways Friday, while others tried to get back to their homes.

Officials ordered more than 1,700 people out of neighborhoods near Kilauea volcano's newest lava flow, warning of the dangers of spattering hot rock and high levels of sulfuric gas that could threaten the elderly and people with breathing problems. Two homes have burned.

Adding to the chaos, a huge magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck near the south...

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