More evacuations advised as Hawaii lava approaches

More evacuations advised as Hawaii lava approaches

Contingency plans have been made for a possible helicopter evacuation of up to 1,000 residents in a coastal area south of the fissures should their last exit route, State Highway 130, become blocked by lava or become unsafe due to gaping cracks, County of Hawaii officials said.

Scientists believe that volcanic activity can be a precursor to a major eruption, similar to the Kilauea eruption in the mid-1920s.

Pahoa residents reported Pele's hair falling Monday night, CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now reported.

The Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said the wells "are stable and secure", and Hawaii Governor David Ige said that the plant was "sufficiently safe" from the lava that has ploughed through backyards and streets and burned dozens of homes.

Hawaii County officials said lava destroyed the local electric utility's equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots neighborhoods toward the coast. "It can cause injury to eyes and lungs if breathed in".

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Residents have been advised to evacuate by noon Friday.

On Wednesday U.S. Geological Survey officials warned fast-moving lava threatened to tear through more homes in the already ravaged communities of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 12:15 pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Ormat Technologies, a Nevada company that owns the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, said it could not assess the extent of the damage to the wells. They estimated violent eruptions of molten rock spewing out of a nearby fissure - Fissure 8 - were burning through anything in its path at a rate of 600 yards per hour.

"It's hard to get to the center, which is the hottest portion of the fountain", Stovall said.

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The well was successfully plugged in anticipation of the lava flow, and a second well 100 feet (30.5 meters) away has also been secured, according to the report.

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting for four weeks.

"In addition to this potential over the Big Island, some emissions could reach the smaller islands through the day Tuesday".

Nevertheless, some ash and fumes have been spouted high enough into the atmosphere to be carried far over the Pacific Ocean, with observers in the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Guam detecting traces of vog - a hazy mix of sulphur dioxide, aerosols, moisture and fine particles, Birchard said.

Kilauea is the youngest and most active Hawaiian shield volcano, located on the southern part of the Island of Hawai'i, known as Big Island. More than 2,000 acres of land have been smothered by lava and about 200 people are staying in emergency shelters.

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