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Hawaii volcano shoots lava into air; forces evacuation of thousands

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HONOLULU — The Mount Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted on Friday local time and caused widespread panic in the surrounding residential area forcing more than 1,500 people, including many retirees, to flee from their mountainside homes.

Locals described the horrifying moment he and his family were forced to evacuate their home.

Hawaii County said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island.

Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road. Aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest.

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The volcano, one of five on the island, began erupting on Thursday (local time) after a series of earthquakes over the past week, the US Geological Survey reported on its website.

The latest earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.8, struck about 12:15pm on Friday (local time).

The Hawaii governor activated the National Guard to help with evacuations and provide security to about 770 structures left empty when residents sought shelter.

County, state and federal officials had been warning residents all week they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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