Current Kilauea lava flows are hottest, fastest of latest eruption

Earth Observatory shows a network of lava fissures pouring towards the Pacific Ocean

Earth Observatory shows a network of lava fissures pouring towards the ocean

Puna Geothermal Venture has completed work to prepare the rest of its power plant near Pahoa to be overrun by lava, Hawaii County officials announced this morning.

On Wednesday the National Park Service and the Hawaii Department of Transportation announced they were working to cut through large section of solidified lava flow from 2016 and 2017, in an effort to open a potential evacuation route in case Highway 130 becomes impassable.

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 40km east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant.

"Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to advance toward the Kapoho area", a Civil Defense message said, referencing an area that was devastated during a 1960 eruption.

In taken by photographer Joseph Anthony the volcanic eruptions are seen metres away from Dona's bedroom window.

"Erm...we're going to have to say no, that's not safe", the USGS wrote on its verified Twitter account, urging users not to do this.

"You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation", the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency advised the public. "So we are at her mercy", Burmeister said.

"Rather than shock and surprise it was more of a resolve that, okay, it's come to us now", Steven Neill, a Kapoho evacuee, told CNN affiliate KGMB/KHNL on Wednesday. She has lived in Leilani Estates for the last 20 years, running a bed and breakfast from her slide of paradise. Hundreds of people have been ordered to leave the vicinity of one of the world's most active volcanoes in its biggest eruption cycle in a century. "Primary concern is sulfur dioxide from the eruption and lava coming on site". On Tuesday, it was shooting a fountain of lava 200 feet above ground level and creating volcanic glass in the areas downwind. "People who ignore closures and warnings from police, fire and civil defense authorities not only put themselves in potentially life-threatening situations, but they are doing the same to our officers and emergency first-responders". They join some 2,000 residents displaced due to lava flows and toxic sulfur dioxide gas emissions at the outset of the eruption almost four weeks ago farther west, in and around the Leilani Estates community.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed because of the volcanic activity at the summit and the ongoing eruptions on Kilauea's eastern flanks.

This story will be updated.

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