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Lava threatens Hawaii's last available escape routes

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Lava threatens Hawaii's last available escape routes

Thousands more people may have to evacuate after lava flowing from giant rips in the earth on the flank of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano threatened the last available escape routes.  Two new fissures opened up on Hawaii's Big Island on Monday, raising the possibility that officials might have to order further mass evacuations.  Lava from a huge new fissure tore through farmland towards a coastal dirt road that is one of the last exit routes for some 2,000 residents in the southeast area of Hawaii's Big Island.  More lava-belching cracks are expected to open among homes and countryside some 25 miles east of Kilauea's smoking summit, possibly blocking one of the last exit routes, Highway 132.