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The volcanic eruption in Hawaii has destroyed 3 buildings and is emitting dangerous gas

Thursday's eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii was followed by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in the area Friday, with at least six active fissures in affected areas on the Big Island's eastern tip. Three buildings, including one home, have been destroyed so far, and about 1,800 people have been evacuated from neighborhoods near the volcano. About 14,000 people lost power, and emissions of dangerous, sulfurous gas made it unsafe for utility employees to work in some areas.

Friday's quake was the largest on the island since 1975, and tremors continued Saturday. "There are still plumes going out. There's a couple cracks that's close by that still have steam coming out," said Big Island resident Ikaika Marzo. "There's a lot of glow, a lot of fires."