Latest Kilauea blast sends ash 4km into Hawaii skies

Infrared images reveal damage on Hawaii's Big Island

Lava creeps over Hawaii geothermal plant property [photos]

The National Guard took the media out on a tour of the lava sites in Leilani Estates.

Lava-filled fissures have opened up across the southeastern side of the Big Island over the past three weeks as the Kilaeau volcano has become more active.

"As long as conditions are safe, we will have personnel on site", Kaleikini said.

Both wells had been plugged ahead of time to prevent the release of gas that could turn toxic when it comes to contact with lava, the report said.

An aerial view of two storage warehouses, part of the Puna Geothermal Venture's facility, are consumed by an eruption by reactivated fissure 6 in Pahoa, Hawaii, USA, 22 May 2018.

The county said the alert was issued because lava was moving at a "fast walking pace". The United States Geological Survey (USGS) flew in the area Sunday night and used infrared to determine where people were located.

There are now more than 20 fissures associated with Kilauea, and they've fountained lava that has poured across the Hawaiian landscape and destroyed 41 homes and dozens of other structures.

However, as of this morning fissure 7 was not producing lava, the county said.

Lava has destroyed 50 buildings, including about two dozen homes.

The three explosions, which began around 12:42 a.m. (1042 GMT), marked the latest bursts of ash and volcanic smog from Kilauea during the fourth week of what geologists rank as one of its biggest eruption cycles in a century.

The ongoing eruption, which has produced rivers of lava, is also threatening to cover more wells at a geothermal power station. Ash this morning reached almost 15,000 feet.

It's also unclear if the release of hydrogen sulfide is the only unsafe scenario when magma infiltrates a geothermal well.

Authorities continue to urge residents in lower Puna to be prepared to flee quickly, either because of the risk of lava flows or higher levels of sulfur dioxide.

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