>> A massive fissure cracked open on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano on Sunday, threatening surrounding surrounding residents with new waves of toxic gas and bursts of lava. The trench is the 17th fissure to open up since the volcano began erupting on May 3rd, and one of the largest, an 18th crack opened just hours later.
The Kilauea volcano has left 2,000 people displaced in the last ten days. Sulfur dioxide emissions have turned vegetation brown and caused trees to wither. After Sunday's fracture, authorities ordered new evacuations as rolling lava burned through fields and into homes. But some residents have yet to obey the evacuation order, believing themselves to be safe.
One resident estimated that 8 in 10 of his neighbors are yet to abandon their homes. The Hawaii National Guard is warning more people to prepare to leave saying, anyone who chooses to stay behind cannot count on being rescued.