Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

New Lava Flow Threatens Parts Of Leilani Estates

New Lava Flow Threatens Parts Of Leilani Estates

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

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory announced the development on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, as was feared for weeks, lava crawled onto the property of the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. Officials said there was no release of any unsafe hydrogen sulfide gas after lava crept over the plugged wells.

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 40 kilometres east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said Friday that the summit is shooting out a plume of water vapor and ash.

More residents in some sections of the Leilani Estates neighbourhood were ordered to immediately evacuate shortly before 8 p.m.

Thousands of residents have been impacted by evacuation orders as lava continues to flow, entering the ocean at three different points as of May 26.

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"Everyone is having symptoms now on some level, " said Dr. Josh Green, a state senator and emergency room physician who has been volunteering in communities where lava fissures have opened in neighborhoods.

Lava from a fissure erupts on a residence in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii's Big Island, May 26, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

He added that the episode underscores the need for residents remaining in areas threatened by lava to be prepared to flee quickly.

Its been three weeks since the volcano has erupted on the big island, shooting molten rocks and oozing lava.

"I never got to. walk in my house one last time", she said, on her family's GoFundMe page, which had been started to help offset evacuation costs.

Geologists say there's no telling when the volcanic activity might end. "We monitor for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide on a continuous basis", Mike Kaleikini said.

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