Hawaii volcano fissures MAP: How many fissures are active at Kilauea volcano?

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Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of five on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Gov. David Ige said the volcanic eruption and its aftermath have spread fear and uncertainty.

Lava erupts and flows from a Kilauea volcano fissure, near to the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant (TOP R), on Hawaii's Big Island on May 21, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii.

The lava now has crept within 200 yards of the nearest well. Hawaii emergency authorities and workers anxious that if the wells were penetrated by lava, they would spew noxious gas into the air.

Scientists say lava from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is causing fireworks-like explosions as it enters the ocean.

Underscoring the eruption's dangers, a Hawaii man was hit by a flying piece of lava over the weekend said the molten rock almost sheared his leg in half.

"Fissure 22 is erupting a short line of low lava fountains that feed a channelized flow that reaches the coast just north of MacKenzie State Park". Darryl Clinton was trying to stop lava bombs that hit homes from catching fire.

Since then, the summit of Kilauea has erupted periodically with no warning.

Ash plumes late Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning didn't exceed 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), officials say any danger from ash fallout would be near the summit or to the communities to the southwest of wind carries the plume that way.

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Gemini Observatory Hawaii volcano eruption latest Lava flows continue to run into the Pacific Ocean

Then there's the risk of explosions at a geothermal power plant.

In an update issued late Monday, the Hawaii County Civil Defense said lava from Fissure 22 crossed onto the property of the Puna Geotherma Venture.

"County, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities", said Hawaii County Civil Defence (HCCD) in a statement, adding that "Efforts are ongoing to make sure the site is secure and the community is kept safe".

Residents have been concerned about hazards if the lava flowed over the plant's facilities, or if heat generated would interact with various chemicals used on-site.

Plant workers have quenched two of those wells, filling them with cold water and sealing them, but the final one has resisted treatment. Lava from the Kilauea volcano is hitting the Pacific Ocean and it's sending laze, a unsafe combination of hydrochloric acid and glass particles, into the air.

Since Kilauea's massive eruption, rivers of fire have swallowed at least 40 structures, hurled lava through cracks in the earth's surface and devastated livelihoods.

But as the days pass with no income, Hinkle is feeling nervous.

Kaleikini said the gases that could potentially leak from the Puna plant are no different from those coming from active fissures. "It's not like this show is going to end tomorrow".

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