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Eruption Within Kilauea Volcano's Crater Grows Larger

An eruption is growing larger within the Kilauea volcano.

The eruption started at about 9:30 last night. The USGS also reported a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Kilauea's south flank at 10:36 p.m. After midnight, officials reported lava fountains are shooting as high as 165-feet in the air and creating a growing lava lake in the area. There are currently no reports of injuries or damage, but Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials say the situation is "rapidly evolving" and want those living on or near Kilauea's rift zones to be prepared to evacuate.

The National Weather Service has also issued a warning about heavy ash that's expected to fall on the south and southwest portions of the Big Island.

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