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Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow Bears Down on Pahoa Property

Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow Bears Down on Pahoa Property

"Kind of disturbingly, some people just refused to leave and so it kind of gives us terrifying insight into what's going on out there".

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is warning people not to try to roast marshmallows over a volcano.

Fast-flowing lava rivers are oozing across Hawaii's Big Island, prompting officials to urge remaining residents in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens evacuation zones to flee immediately.

Hawaii County's civil defence agency said that lava was quickly approaching Highway 132, prompting the closure from Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners on Tuesday. Late in the afternoon of Monday 28 May, however, vigorous fountaining resumed at fissure 8, producing a fast-moving lava flow that travelled first north and then northeast at a speed of ca 18 meter (20 yards) an hour.

Ash intermittently erupted from the vent within Halemaʻumaʻu crater, at Kilauea's summit and there was a small explosion at 1:56 a.m.

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has now covered nearly 2,400 acres in lava.

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The lava flow reached the Puna geothermal power plant Saturday. Its operator, Israeli-controlled Ormat Technologies, said it had not been able to assess the damage.

Residents close to the active eruption must remain alert to changes in the flow direction, and are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should their areas become threatened.

The comment was among a flood of public service announcements Wednesday about the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which has been in eruption since May 3 on the Big Island.

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

The agency warned that ash was drifting northwest and liable to affect anyone in the summit area.

"HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow, and reporting information to Hawai'i County Civil Defense", the observatory said.