Kilauea volcano lava covers potentially explosive well in Hawaii

Infrared images reveal damage on Hawaii's Big Island

Lava creeps over Hawaii geothermal plant property [photos]

A broad lava flow has crossed onto the property of a Hawaii geothermal power station, posing a new hazard as molten rock from the erupting Kilauea volcano bulldozes relentlessly through homes and backyards.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said residents should avoid the area due to the increase of volcanic gases and vog emissions in areas downwind of the vents.

Another lava flow near the rural housing development slowed and was 137 meters (150 yards) from Pohoiki Road, where there are dozens more homes, the observatory said.

Infrared images reveal damage on Hawaii's Big Island
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The plant, Puna Geothermal, lies on the southeast flank of the volcano, nestled between residential neighborhoods.

Halema'uma'u lava lake, Kilauea volcano.

Meanwhile, about 60,000 gallons of pentane, a highly-flammable chemical, were moved from the PGV site early this month. He says officials used property records to determine which structures are homes because it can be hard to tell from aerial surveys.

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On Sunday night, emergency crews scrambled to save a man who became trapped after lava quickly covered his driveway, Hawaii News Now reported. The wells have also been deactivated.

There are at least three active fissures, or cracks, with lava flowing out of them.

A series of explosions from the Kilauea volcano on the archipelago of Hawaii in the United States on Saturday spewed ash up to 12,000 feet into the air, according to the US Geological Survey.

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According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, no hydrogen sulfide gas has been detected at the site.

Symptoms for generally healthy people can include burning eyes, headaches and sore throats. "It makes it very hard to breathe, " she said, adding that her other symptoms include coughing and watery and stinging eyes.

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

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