Kilauea volcanic lava may cross geothermal property

Lava flows past the remains of a greenhouse as it makes its way to the ocean

Since then, emergency officials believe almost 2,500 residents have been forced to evacuate as lava continues to flow, consuming everything in its path.

Whatever residents were left in the neighborhood were ordered out on Thursday by Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim.

On Wednesday, Fissure 8 fueled a river of lava that traveled nearly a half-mile in 80 minutes, according to the Civil Defense Agency.

"Rather than shock and surprise it was more of a resolve that, OK, it's come to us now", Steven Neill, a Kapoho evacuee, told CNN affiliate KGMB/KHNL on Wednesday.

"It's hard to get to the center, which is the hottest portion of the fountain", Stovall said. That lava flow has stopped on the property so there is no risk, for now, to the other nine wells.

Fissure 8 remains the most active, the USGS says, sending "persistent fountains" of lava as high as 260 feet into the air.

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting for four weeks.

In Hawaii's East Rift Zone, where Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens are located, "additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible", the USGS said.

More than 300 people are now staying in emergency shelters, as Hawaii's mayor told residents to "heed evacuation orders" otherwise "you're on your own".

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"Residents in the Kapoho area, including Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, are advised to evacuate", the agency said in a morning bulletin.

Then there's the danger of vog, or volcanic smog.

Nevertheless, some ash and fumes have been spouted high enough into the atmosphere to be carried far over the Pacific Ocean, with observers in the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Guam detecting traces of vog - a hazy mix of sulphur dioxide, aerosols, moisture and fine particles, Birchard said.

Workers are trying to clear a new evacuation route.

Video and images shared by the agencies showed massive yellow bulldozers breaking up the black rock, which is 20 to 30 feet thick in some spots.

The latest order was announced a day after police arrested a 62-year-old Leilani Estates resident who fired a handgun over the head of a younger man from the same community, apparently believing his neighbor was an intruder or looter.

The ongoing eruptions have also caused power outages, according to Hawaii Electric Light.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said vigorous eruption continues from the series of vents.

It could be a while before power returns. The speed of these lava flows has been up to 100 yards an hour, but they advance in bursts: at times the front does not move as new incoming lava is building up the flow until it becomes unstable and the lava suddenly surges forward at speeds as fast as 600 yards an hour.

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