More evacuations advised as Hawaii lava approaches

More evacuations advised as Hawaii lava approaches

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.

In this May 23, 2018 photo, lava erupts in the air in Leilani Estates area near Pahoa, Hawaii.

Volcanic gases, vog and ash emissions may increase in areas downwind of the vents. Its operator, Israeli-controlled Ormat Technologies Inc, said it had not been able to assess the damage.

Lava crossed Highway 132, which connects the commercial center with smaller towns and farms in the area, authorities said Tuesday.

Hawaii County officials said lava destroyed the electric utility's equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach. By May 9, 27 houses had been destroyed and almost 2,000 locals evacuated.

The agency said the evacuations were due to activity from fissure 7, one of 24 cracks in the ground that have opened in the island's East Rift Zone since the start of the month.

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Eruptions from Mount Kilauea have continued for almost a month, with lava fountains as high as 200 feet feeding a northeasterly lava flow recorded as fast as 200 yards per hour.

On Monday, a user asked the USGS if it was possible to take the popular fluffy treat and dangle it over the volcanic vents sprouting across the Big Island.

The fissure produced a large spatter rampart more than 100 feet tall from fountains reaching 150 to 200 feet, the US Geological Survey said Sunday.

The USGS reported the fiery springs have caused sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers called "Pele's hair" to fall from the sky throughout the Leilani Estates and Pahoa region. Since trade winds could return in upcoming days, vog - or smog with volcanic dust and gases - could impact the southern and western sides of the Big Island.

Because there are so many active fissures right now, there's certainly no word on when any of the blocked roads might reopen and scientists aren't giving any prediction on when the eruption might end.

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