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USGS via CNN Residents face arrest as lava threatens Hawaii homes

USGS via CNN Residents face arrest as lava threatens Hawaii homes

The flow is threatening to cut off Beach Road, the only remaining access point out of the area.

'You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation, ' the Hawaii County Civil Defence agency advised the public.

Wendy Stovall with the U.S. Geological Survey told reporters that the actual temperature is likely even higher.

The eruption at Kīlauea is continuing unabated today, with lava flows from Fissure 8 that moved at ~550 meters (600 yards) per hour - and that's pretty fast for a lava flow.

Lava from the Puu Oo eruption plowed through Kapaahu and first reached the ocean on November 28, 1986, after covering a portion of Highway 130. These new flows were discovered by a drone that was mapping the flows for the U.S. Geological Survey.

"It took the road", said Talmadge Magno, civil defense administrator.

"Oh, I thought I was gonna die". So far, Kilauea has destroyed 82 homes and other structures. Some 71 homes have been destroyed by lava since the first outbreak happened almost four weeks ago.

Operator Ormat Technologies Inc last week said there was no above-ground damage to the plant, but it would have to wait until the situation stabilized to assess the impact of earthquakes and subterranean lava flows on the wells. There were no reports of an uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulfide, as has been feared.

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In addition to volcanic particles that can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation, residents were warned to be on the lookout for sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers known as "Pele's hair", a reference to the Hawaiian goddess of fire.

The activity comes after a weekend of dramatic eruptions, which claimed a number of homes.

The fissures in the area are still emitting lava and high concentrations of sulfur dioxide, which is a unsafe gas and byproduct of the eruptions, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.

The two-lane highway connects Pahoa, a small town near the evacuation zones of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods, to the east coastline and links two other small highways that run north and south. The man reported no injuries and denied medical treatment, according to authorities.

Big Island Prosecutor Mitch Roth said, "We're going to treat all of the offenses that happened in this area to the fullest extent of the law".

"Persons in violation of this order are subject to arrest and will be liable for any costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area", the county said on its website. The primary escape routes are to the northeast.

Yesterday, pensioner Dona Mueller, 75, watched as red lava spilled out of the volcano in front of her home.


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