Lava flow stops after covering 2 wells at geothermal plant

Infrared images reveal damage on Hawaii's Big Island

Lava creeps over Hawaii geothermal plant property [photos]

A lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano that damaged a geothermal power station has stalled, as have lava fountains gushing 100 feet (30 meters) into the air, offering momentary relief to an area under siege for 25 days, officials said on Monday. Around 2,000 residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens were asked to evacuate because of lava flows and high levels of toxic sulphur dioxide gas from volcanic vents, according to Reuters.

Some feared a breach if lava penetrated the well shafts that tap steam and hot water to make electricity. The slow-moving lava flow has disrupted the lives of many on the island, but officials have kept a very close eye on everything to ensure that nobody gets caught off guard (unless you're a Ford Mustang).

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

Lava had previously crossed onto an older part of the property, according to officials.

"As long as conditions are safe, we will have personnel on site", Kaleikini said. The wells have also been deactivated. But no hydrogen sulfide had been detected.

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The Hawaii News Now website reported the residents living near the 38 MW PGV received alert via text message from Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency about 6:15 am Sunday, saying lava flew into PGV property overnight.

Steve Brantley, of the U.S. Geological Survey, said the flow was at least 1 1/2 miles long. Vog is a haze created when sulfur dioxide gas and other volcanic pollutants settle with moisture and dust.

Symptoms for generally healthy people can include burning eyes, headaches and sore throats.

"I never got to. walk in my house one last time", she said, on her family's GoFundMe page, which had been started to help offset evacuation costs.

Information for this article was contributed by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Audrey McAvoy and Sophia Yan of The Associated Press.

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