Residents face arrest as lava threatens Hawaii homes

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flowsMore

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flowsMore

Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano has threatened to cover more wells at a geothermal power station as a fresh blast from the crater sent an ash plume nearly 15,000 feet (4600m) into the sky. More than 2,000 acres of land have been smothered by lava and about 200 people are staying in emergency shelters. Meanwhile, the main summit crater has periodically erupted in clouds of volcanic ash that create breathing difficulties and other problems for residents living downwind.

Pahoa residents reported Pele's hair falling Monday night, CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now reported.

But the mandatory evacuation was "decided prior to that incident", said David Mace, a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency now assigned to the Hawaii County Civil Defense authority.

Although the haze does not contain sulfur dioxide or other toxic chemicals, a NWS official told NPR the particles in the air can still be harmful to people with sensitive respiratory systems. "It can cause injury to eyes and lungs if breathed in".

The risky fibers - named after Hawaiian fire and volcano goddess Pele - are produced when lava splatter droplets cools rapidly in the air and can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

In Hawaii's East Rift Zone, where Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens are located, "additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible", the USGS said.

The well was successfully plugged in anticipation of the lava flow, and a second well 100 feet (30.5 meters) away has also been secured, according to the report.

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The HTA says the hotel booking pace has slowed 50 percent for the Big Island since the latest eruption began.

"In addition to this potential over the Big Island, some emissions could reach the smaller islands through the day Tuesday".

Ormat Technologies, a Nevada company that owns the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, said it could not assess the extent of the damage to the wells.

The lava breached the property overnight. "Donna's house is gone".

The number of people affected by Wednesday's evacuations was not precisely known, but Kapoho and Vacationland together encompass about 500 homes, mostly vacation rentals, according to Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno.

He had walked around his property May 4, taking a video and saying goodbye in case the eruption prevented him from returning. Magno said 75 homes have been demolished. "Paid for. No mortgage, which is awesome". "We are pretty much tapping mantle temperatures right now".

Back then, Gebbie acknowledged that Hawaii's residents had to deal with lava.

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