Lava flow stops after covering 2 wells at geothermal plant

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Lava approaches the Puna Geothermal Venture in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S., May 28, 2018.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been erupting for pretty much the entire month of May, slowly oozing molten rock out of several fissures in the ground.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has reached a geothermal power plant on Big Island that has wells containing toxic gas.

Firefighters went door to door evacuating residents before the lava arrived. The infrared coloring helps to better distinguish the lava fields and areas that have been burned.

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Hawaii County officials say the number of structures lava has destroyed on the Big Island is now 82.

An incredible timelapse video has emerged showing lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano invading a backyard as it now enters its fourth week of destructive eruptions.

While eruptions continue at the main crater, Kilauea's lava flows have also proven extremely unsafe for bystanders and residents who refused to evacuate.

"Lava flow from Fissures 7 and 21 crossed into PGV property overnight and has now covered one well that was successfully plugged", the civil defense said.

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

"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.

"At this time, the lava is, at various points, 200 yards from active wells", Mace said.

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed 40km east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant.

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In just the past 24 hours there were between 250 and 270 earthquakes at Kilauea's summit, with four explosions on Saturday sending ash to altitudes as high as 15,000 feet, said Stovall and National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender.