Lava threatens more wells at Hawaii geothermal plant

Infrared images reveal damage on Hawaii's Big Island

The Kilauea volcano on Big Island of Hawaii has been in the news for a couple of months. According to the USGS, an average of two large explosions a day are sending ash as high as 10,000 feet above sea level, though smaller emissions of ash occur more often.

"The flow from fissures 21 and 7 was widening and advancing", Ms Janet Snyder, a spokesman for the county of Hawaii, said in an e-mail.

A auto passes as lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure illuminates the night sky, after midnight on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 27, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

The wells at the Puna Geothermal Venture site have been capped to prevent the release of toxic gas that can result from mixing with lava. It was shut down shortly after Kilauea began spewing lava May 3.

Geologists have said a new fissure is pumping out lava at a rate of three feet per second.

The lava has reportedly destroyed at least 82 structures and displaced thousands of people. But no hydrogen sulfide had been detected.

Local residents fear the wells may be explosive when they react to the horrifying heat of magma.

Some 2,200 acres (890 hectares) of land have been torched by lava since May 3, in what is likely to be the most destructive eruption of Kilauea in more than a century, according to the County of Hawaii.

On Sunday, one man had to be rescued when he became trapped in his home due to fast moving-lava which took out his driveway.

"It's this tide of lava that rises up and overflows itself on the edges and keeps rising and progressing forward", U.S. Geological Survey geologist Wendy Stovall told journalists on a conference call.

An eruption from the summit's Halemaumau crater on Monday sent ash nearly 15,000 feet (4,600 m) into the air, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

At the Kilauea summit miles away from Pahoa and Leilani Estates, there continue to be frequent explosions of ash from the caldera crater.

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