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.
A fast-moving flow from fissure No. 8, which was highly active Monday and Tuesday, crossed Highway 132 between Pohoiki Road and the PGV access road. It was moving at an accelerated clip of about 10 yards a minute, much faster than the slow-moving stuff residents had seen earlier. The two-lane highway connects Pahoa, a small town near the evacuation zones of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighbourhoods, to the east coastline and links two other small highways that run north and south.
The Israeli-owned 38 megawatt plant typically provides around 25% of electricity on the Big Island, according to local power utility Hawaii Electric Light.
"HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow, and reporting information to Hawai'i County Civil Defense", the observatory said.
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Molten rock from the erupting Kilauea volcano continued to relentlessly bulldoze through homes and backyards nearly a month after it began. Pele's hair, a fibrous form of volcanic glass, was reported Tuesday morning in Pahoa.
The lava is flowing from about two dozen fissures, the first of which opened more than three weeks ago.
The eruption has destroyed 82 buildings, including 41 homes.
Not only does the idea of cooking over scorching molten rocks seem extremely unsafe, the USGS said that the marshmallows wouldn't even taste good if the vents were emitting hydrogen sulfide or sulfur dioxide.
National Park Service spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane says Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park remains closed.