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Hawaii volcano eruption destroys at least 21 homes

At least 21 houses have been destroyed by lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, officials said Sunday.

The eruption started late Thursday afternoon, and scientists said at one point lava was spewing more than 200 feet into the air. U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall said that two new fissures have emerged in the Leilani Estates subdivision, and "there's more magma in the system to be erupted. As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue." More than 1,700 people have been evacuated from the area, and it's unknown when they'll be able to return to the neighborhood.