Hawaii volcano explosions shoot ash to 11,000ft as lava swamps road

Hawaii volcano explosions shoot ash to 11,000ft as lava swamps road

Lava fountains in the lower east rift zone are flowing up to 150 feet high, according to the USGS.

Residents fear an explosive emission of deadly hydrogen sulfide and other gases should wells be ruptured.

The Hawaii News Now website reported the residents living near the 38 MW PGV received alert via text message from Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency about 6:15 am Sunday, saying lava flew into PGV property overnight.

It comes as authorities revealed on Sunday that lava had started creeping even closer onto a geothermal power plant property.

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The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano we have all been watching for the past few weeks now covers more than 3,200 acres, or 3.7 square miles of land.

The volcano erupted three weeks ago, due to which 82 structures, including dozens of homes have been destroyed as 2,000 people have abandoned their houses.

On Friday afternoon, firefighters went door to door in Leilani Estates urging resident to leave as the lava advanced toward the neighborhood.

A fast-moving pahoehoe flow from fissure 8 is advancing on several streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision, according to officials. A family friend shot photos of the home as a wall of lava advanced and as fire claimed the property.

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"What has been coming out is just a small fraction of what was in the volcano", he said.

Retired photojournalist Chris Stewart says there's one good thing about vog: It intensifies the colors of a sunset. About 2,000 people have fled their homes.

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.

Puna Geothermal, owned by Nevada's Ormat Technologies, was shut down shortly after Kilauea began spewing lava on May 3.

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The plant's spokesman Mike Kaleikini was quoted as saying that no release of hydrogen sulfide had been detected on the site so far, which is the biggest concern if lava were to hit the geothermal wells.

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