Lava from new fissures closes Pohoiki Road; 6.9 temblor largest in 40 years

A fissure erupts Friday morning at Leilani Avenue and Kaupiili Street. (USGS/Courtesy photo)

At 12:46 p.m. Friday a column of robust, reddish-brown ash plume occurred after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the south flank of Kilauea Volcano. (HVO/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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HILO — Kilauea volcano erupted new fissures Friday inside Leilani Estates and produced the largest earthquake in Hawaii since 1975, causing residents around the island to take cover.