Hawaii officials order some residents to flee from fast lava

29 May, 2018, 14:03 | Author: Diane Mills
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The Hawaii Civil Defence Agency said lava from Kilauea has covered a potentially explosive well at a geothermal power station and is threatening another, after flowing onto the site.

Meanwhile, lava flows continue to cascade into the ocean in lower Puna near MacKenzie State Park, creating plumes of "laze" - clouds of gas and shards of glass - that could force nearby residents to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Though lava destruction from the volcano is confined to a roughly 10-square-mile (26-sq-km) area, the eruption is hurting the island's tourist-driven economy as potential visitors fear ashfall or volcanic smog belching from Kilauea's summit.

Officials earlier this month carted away 50,000 gallons of potentially toxic gas away from the site, which lies on the southeast flank of the volcano, nestled between residential neighborhoods.

Lava continued to creep across a road in Leilani Estates on Monday at a rate of 13 feet per hour, USGS Volcanoes said. The wells have also been deactivated.

The sole reported serious injury from the eruption so far came when a man was hit by flying lava.

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 25 miles (40 km) east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures.

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Three weeks into the volcano's eruption, scientists said the summit is still too risky to survey on foot. "We monitor for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide on a continuous basis", Mike Kaleikini said.

FEMA's David Mace says the lava breached the property overnight and is within 200 metres of one of the capped wells, Nine News reports.

Symptoms for generally healthy people can include burning eyes, headaches and sore throats.

Those who are healthy, physically active and don't smoke can usually tolerate basic symptoms, Green said, adding hospitals are seeing more patients with difficulty breathing.

She's had to use an inhaler, which she doesn't need when there isn't vog.

"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.

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