Flowing Lava Prompts New Evacuation Near Hawaii Fissure

New lava flow crosses onto Hawaii geothermal plant property

According to the USGS, an average of two large explosions a day are sending ash as high as 10,000 feet above sea level, though smaller emissions of ash occur more often. He said there was no indication of the release of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulfide, the greatest fear should lava hit the wells.

It added that the wells "are stable and secure", but lava has never engulfed a geothermal plant anywhere in the world and the potential threat is untested. New aerial video shot Monday morning also showed lava setting fire to or covering several homes.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spewed lava on Sunday (local time) that flowed on to the Big Island and is crossing into a geothermal property posing greater disaster.

The lava has reportedly destroyed at least 82 structures and displaced thousands of people.

More residents in some sections of the Leilani Estates neighbourhood were ordered to immediately evacuate shortly before 8 p.m. About 2,200 acres have been covered in lava since the volcano started erupting.

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The lava breached the property overnight.

"From one second to the next, no transition", she said.

Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions - home to about 2,000 - have been under mandatory evacuation orders since May 3. The slow-moving lava flow has disrupted the lives of many on the island, but officials have kept a very close eye on everything to ensure that nobody gets caught off guard (unless you're a Ford Mustang).

Scientists believe the volcanic activity may be a precursor to a major eruption similar to the one that shook the island in the mid-1920s. "We monitor for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide on a continuous basis", Kaleikini said.

Authorities have shut down the Puna Geothermal Venture and removed 60,000 gallons of flammable liquid since the volcano began erupting on May 3.

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