Power station spared as lava flow stalls

29 May, 2018, 14:08 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Hawaii officials order some residents to flee from fast lava

A fast-moving lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced yet more residents out of their homes, with an emergency alert calling for immediate evacuations.

Officials said there was no release of any risky hydrogen sulfide gas after lava crept over the plugged wells Sunday.

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.

In addition, two of the wells at the geothermal plant were overtaken by lava, but there were no emissions of hydrogen sulfide.

"There were eight houses taken on this road in 12 hours", Ikaika Marzo said in a Facebook video as he stood on Kaupuli street and showed a black, glass-like lava field where his cousin's house previously stood.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spewed lava on Sunday (local time) that flowed on to the Big Island and is crossing into a geothermal property posing greater disaster.

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Authorities on Monday could not provide an official tally for the number of structures destroyed, but Magno said lava destroyed at least 10 homes Sunday night and "probably more".

"Several residents were evacuated in advance of the unsafe and fast-moving flows", the HVO said.

Firefighters went door to door evacuating residents before the lava arrived.

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.

This lava has covered some 2,500 acres in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood, and several flows have reached the sea. A family friend shot photos of the home as a wall of lava advanced and as fire claimed the property. The infrared coloring helps to better distinguish the lava fields and areas that have been burned. She's a former smoker, "so that's probably part of the problem, " she said.

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