Livestream Captures Active Kilauea Lava Flow in Lower Puna, Hawaii

Marsha Scott
May 29, 2018

Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano has threatened to cover more wells at a geothermal power station as a fresh blast from the crater sent an ash plume nearly 15,000 feet (4600m) into the sky.

Because the lava was spread out over a wide area, the frontier of the flow was only moving at about three feet per second, Carolyn Parcheta, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said in a video message posted online.

The lava has reportedly destroyed at least 82 structures and displaced thousands of people.

Lava from a Kilauea fissure illuminates dying trees in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii's Big Island, May 26, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

Both wells had been plugged ahead of time to prevent the release of gas that could turn toxic when it comes to contact with lava, the report said.

A fresh blast from the crater of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano has sent an ash plume more than four kilometres into the sky.

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Frequent explosive eruptions at the summit of Kilauea have continued to plague Hawaii residents.

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

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.

A series of summit explosions on Saturday spewed ash from Kilauea volcano up to 11,000ft and dusted communities to the south-west, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. Volcanic gases, pollution and ash may increase along with sulfur dioxide levels downwind of lava fissures.

The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano we have all been watching for the past few weeks now covers more than 3,200 acres, or 3.7 square miles of land.

On Monday morning, a flow from fissure no. 8 - which had been traveling at hundreds of yards per hour Sunday - crossed Pohoiki Road at a slower clip (about 13 feet an hour) and was also setting off methane bursts as it covered vegetation in the woods.

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