Large lava fissure ‘absolutely deafening’

U.S. Geological Survey photo This photo, taken at about 2 p.m. Sunday, shows a few of fissure No. 17 looking makai (southward) from Highway 132 in lower Puna. The fissure is the first outside Leilani Estates to destroy a structure, the 37th building destroyed by the current lava activity from Kilauea volcano.
JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Hawaii Police Department officers man a checkpoint at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road, about three miles mauka of of Halekamahina Loop Road, where fissure No. 17 erupted lava Sunday morning.

A man who lives near the large volcanic fissure that opened up Sunday and spewed lava near Halekamahina Loop Road in lower Puna called the event “absolutely deafening.”