Helicopters prepare for evacuation as Kilauea's 3rd lava flow enters ocean

The Kilauea volcano has opened more than 20 vents in the ground

The Kilauea volcano has opened more than 20 vents in the ground

Photos published on Wednesday by the US Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighbourhood, which has been worst affected by the surges of lava.

Blue flames rise from cracks, fueled by methane gas from burning plants and shrubs.

"This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows".

Two thousand people have been ordered from their homes due to lava flows and toxic sulfur dioxide gas. There's no indication about whether lava volume will increase or decrease, she said. The latest eruption happened Tuesday, Hawaii County's civil defense agency said, spewing toxic gas. Ormat operates other geothermal power plants in the U.S., Kenya, Guadalupe, Guatemala and Honduras. Lava emerging from the vents has destroyed dozens of homes.

Ten wells at Puna Geothermal were "quenched", which cools them with cold water, and the last was plugged with mud.

Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3 as it began extruding lava and sulfur dioxide emissions through a series of fissures, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued almost nonstop for 35 years.

Trump vaguely tweets about 'big news coming' for United States auto workers
Auto trade has been a big sticking point in talks between the United States, Mexico and Canada as they try to update NAFTA. Section 232 is the same statute that was invoked to allow the administration's tariffs on steel and aluminium imports .

The plant has capacity to produce 38 megawatts of electricity, providing roughly one-quarter of the Big Island's daily energy demand.

Officials also said that crews had remained on the scene monitoring for gas releases and had detected no sign of hydrogen sulfide, a flammable and extremely unsafe gas.

Scientists believe volcanic activity may be a precursor to a major eruption, similar to one that occurred on the island in the mid-1920s.

The ash, vog and the lava haze - laze - produced at the coastline represent breathing hazards for anyone unlucky enough to be standing downwind, which you can track via these vog forecasts. Historic reports and geologic remnants suggest the locals were overwhelmed by a pyroclastic blast - a surging mass of gas and volcanic rock.

HILO An air evacuation of the portions of Lower Puna that are threatened by the Kilauea Volcano eruption could be accomplished within four hours if that becomes necessary because of damage to ground transportation routes, according to Hawaii Army National Guard commander Brig.

"It's probably going to do this for a little while longer", said US Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall on the conference call, describing the stage of the eruption as the "middle" or "kind of the steady state".

Latest News