Hawaii Volcano Eruptions Enter 4th Week

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Lava from the Kilauea volcano has been burning through plants and shrubs, producing methane. But if you take a broad view of the hazards, you'll find a serious local disaster, but not the worst event in Kilauea's 280,000-year history. The lava has been pouring down the flank of the volcano and into the ocean miles away. Fissure 22, located in the neighborhood of Lanipuna Gardens, remains one of the most active.

Officials said Tuesday efforts to secure the wells from lava by quenching with water or plugging have likely mitigated any risk of an unabated release of hydrogen sulfide. "It opened up very recently", USGS volcanologist Wendy Stovall said Thursday.

Kilauea sparked new safety warnings on Monday about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava flowing into the ocean set off a chemical reaction.

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Kilauea has been near-constantly erupting from vents either on its summit (caldera) or on the rift zones.

"One of the first things emergency responders wanted to know was where the lava was coming out - where are all the fissures?"

A crack however opened in the ground under one of the lava channels, "diverting the lava. into underground voids", the statement said. By Wednesday, molten lava erupting from the 22nd fissure caused by Kilauea's latest spasms had reached within 200 meters of one of Puna's 11 geothermal energy well pads, and burned down a disused building.

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Since the eruption began on May 3, Hawaii County has ordered about 2,000 people to evacuate from Leilani Estates and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Clinton spoke to CNN on Friday, while defending two homes in Pahoa roughly 100 yards from the unstable fissure that's been erupting for more than a week now.

The United States Marine Corps is deploying two large transport helicopters to Hawaii's Big Island in case a volcanic eruption forces large numbers of people to evacuate. Aerial survey of the lava flow, fissure eruptions and the Puna Geothermal Venture. And while the unemployment rate is low at around 2 percent, that figure obscures other problems.

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Although potentially fatal if inhaled, Stovall said the danger was confined to the immediate vicinity of laze plumes themselves. Another cruise ship has skipped a call at Hawaii's Big Island due to the recently intensified eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

Lava destroyed a building near the plant late Monday, bringing the total number of structures overtaken in the past several weeks to almost 50, including dozens of homes.

An ash cloud billows from the Halemaumau crater during the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in Volcano, Hawaii, U.S., May 23, 2018.

Due to frequent ash emissions at the Kilauea summit and increased sulfur dioxide emissions, residents should take action to limit exposure.

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News of the the evacuation plan comes as ash continues to spew out from the summit of a Hawaii volcano amid intermittent explosions.