Hawaii volcano eruption: Astonishing pictures as Kilauea volcano gushes lava fountains

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But Kilauea's activity ratcheted up considerably on May 3 after an quake rattled the region; lava began spilling from newly created fissures and spreading through neighborhoods, turning parts of the Big Island into disaster zones.

Ten wells at Puna Geothermal were "quenched", which cools them with cold water, and the last was plugged with mud.

Officials are also monitoring various gases that may leak into the atmosphere but Hawaii County civil defence administrator Talmadge Magno said a spike in gas levels could prompt a mass evacuation. GLISTIN was created to monitor ice sheets, but it can also detect changes in the Kilauea landscape caused by the outburst, agency officials said.

Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3 as it began extruding lava and sulfur dioxide emissions through a series of fissures, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued almost nonstop for 35 years.

Lava flowing from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has claimed another structure, this one close to a geothermal plant.

The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power, providing for about 25 percent of the island's daily energy demand. A flammable gas called pentane is used as part of the process, though officials earlier this month removed 50,000 gallons (190,000 liters) of the gas from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.

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Snyder said none of the wells were in imminent danger, as the flow was barely moving and still several hundred yards (meters) from the plant. "This activity has destroyed the former Hawaii Geothermal Project site", it said referring to the warehouse.

Dramatic photographs show Mount Kilauea erupting fountains of lava in a spectacular display of fire and colour.

Ormat said in a May 15 statement that there was a low risk of surface lava making its way to the facility.

Puna Geothermal represents about 4.5 percent of Ormat's worldwide generating capacity.

That information includes detecting active fissures and fires, the height and composition of volcanic plumes, ground "deformation" caused by the movement of magma and images of ash and sulfur dioxide plumes, NASA said in their release. One man was seriously injured after being hit by a flying piece of lava.

Mr Clinton, who was the first person to suffer a major injury at the hands of the eruption, said doctors saved his leg but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks.

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