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

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 erupts and flows from a Kilauea volcano fissure, near to the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant (top right), on Hawaii's Big Island, May 21, 2018, near Pahoa, Hawaii.

The Kilauea volcano on Big Island of Hawaii has been in the news for a couple of months.

However, a spokesperson for the geothermal plant told Hawaii News Now the lava is actually only 40 metres away from the nearest well, but said there was no indication any of the wells will be breached.

Steve Brantley of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the flow seemed to have halted Sunday morning after moving slowly into the proximity of the well overnight.

A auto passes as lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure illuminates the night sky, after midnight on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 27, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

Geothermal wells often release small amounts of toxic hydrogen sulfide during normal operations, usually well below emissions limits set by local governments, but lava could destabilize a well and release more, the analysis said.

The geothermal plant has been already shut down and 60,000 gallons of flammable liquid at the start of the volcanic activity has been removed. "They're all close to the ground and covered, so the lava should go right over them".

"At this time, the lava is, at various points, 200 yards from active wells", Mace said.

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 25 miles east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant.

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, no hydrogen sulfide gas has been detected at the site.

Since this eruption episode began on May 3, Hawaii County has ordered about 2,000 people to evacuate from Leilani Estates and surrounding neighborhoods.

An eruption from the summit's Halemaumau crater on Monday sent ash nearly 15,000 feet (4,600 m) into the air, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

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