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Hawaii sees 'active volcanic fountaining' as magma shifts

A man watches as lava is seen coming from a fissure
A man watches as lava is seen coming from a fissure in Hawaii. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

More than 1,700 people were told to evacuate communities on Hawaii's Big Island after a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions Thursday and Friday, CBS reports.

What happened: Per CBS, magma was shifting beneath the Kilauea volcano, which set off two earthquakes on Friday, one measured 5.4-magnitude and the second 6.9. The latter quake was "the most powerful on the island since 1975," CNN reported.