The continuous flow of lava and the fissures that are erupting from the Kilauea volcano were captured in the latest aerial shots by the Hawaii Army National Guard. Officials said there was no release of any unsafe hydrogen sulfide gas after lava crept over the plugged wells.
The wells at the Puna Geothermal Venture site have been capped to prevent the release of toxic gas that can result from mixing with lava.
Lava from the Kilauea volcano covered at least one well Sunday at a geothermal power plant on the Big Island, according to a Hawaii County Civil Defense report.
The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano was unleashed on the Big Island's Leilani Estates housing development, with the number of homes and other structures destroyed leaping to 82 from a previous count of 50, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The agency said the evacuations were due to activity from fissure 7, one of 24 cracks in the ground that have opened in the island's East Rift Zone since the start of the month.
Since this eruption episode began on May 3, Hawaii County has ordered about 2,000 people to evacuate from Leilani Estates and surrounding neighborhoods.
The lava breached the property overnight.
"What has been coming out is just a small fraction of what was in the volcano", he said. About 2,000 people have fled their homes. 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). "We monitor for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide on a continuous basis", Mike Kaleikini said.
An incredible timelapse video has emerged showing lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano invading a backyard as it now enters its fourth week of destructive eruptions.