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Hawaii's 2 volcanic eruptions keep spewing lava with no end in sight. Here's what could happen next

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Hawaii's 2 volcanic eruptions keep spewing lava with no end in sight. Here's what could happen next

Lava fountains and flows illuminate the area with a glow at the Mauna Loa volcano eruption in Hawaii on December 5.

The incessant lava shooting out of Hawaii's Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes has stirred memories of Kilauea's devastating 2018 eruption, which swallowed hundreds of homes.

But the current eruptions are different. While it's unclear how far the lava will travel from either volcano, experts say history and context can provide clues.

[M8cam] Mauna Loa - Northeast Rift Zone Fissure 3 Eruption Live View

Live video of fissure 3 erupting on the Northeast Rift Zone of Mauna Loa volcano. The camera is located roughly 1 mi (1.6 km) East of fissure 3 and looks west.

Disclaimer: The webcams are operational 24/7 and faithfully record the dark of night if there are no sources of incandescence or other lights. Thermal webcams record heat rather than light and get better views through volcanic gas. At times, clouds and rain obscure visibility. The cameras are subject to sporadic breakdown, and may not be repaired immediately. Some cameras are observing an area that is off-limits to the general public because of significant volcanic hazards.

CNN's Zoe Sottile contributed to this report.