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Originally published Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM

New lava flow breaks out from Hawaii volcano

A new lava flow has broken out at Kilauea, the very active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. A popular road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was temporarily closed because of the new flow.

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HONOLULU — A new lava flow has broken out at Kilauea, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii that has been continuously erupting for nearly three decades. The lava flow is entirely within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, scientists say, and currently poses no hazard to residents.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the lava started oozing on Wednesday less than a half-mile from the Kamoamoa fissure that erupted in March.

Volcanologist Janet Babb it's the first time lava has broken out at the volcano since March, aside from some that spilled out at the Puu Oo crater last week.

The lava is moving down Kilauea's south flank.

The national park temporarily closed the popular Chain of Craters road within the park; get information on the park and eruption, including road and trail closures, at www.nps.gov/havo Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It has been constantly erupting since Jan. 2, 1983.

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