Lava from Hawaii volcano ‘as hot as it will ever get’

Lava from Hawaii volcano ‘as hot as it will ever get’

Last weekend, a man sustained the first injury related to the volcano after a "lava bomb" struck his leg as he stood on the porch of a home near a fissure.

Residents in two Hawaii coastal areas have been ordered to evacuate as an erupting volcano threatens to destroy their homes and cut off escape routes.

Lava flows are active on the eastern tip of the island, in lower Puna, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed due to the small explosions occurring at Kilauea's summit.

Firefighters had to rescue a man whose driveway was covered by the fast-moving lava flow and had to be guided out on foot using a back way, Hawaii News Now reported. The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory described the eruption from the East Rift Zone as "vigorous".

"Hawaii County Civil Defence made a decision to evacuate all of lower Puna to ensure that people would be able to get out", Ms Stovall said.

It has been 27 days since the massive eruption of Kilauea sent lava gushing from cracks, spreading destruction through communities in the southeastern corner of Hawaii's Big Island.

The U.S. Geological Survey, which has been alerting users with regular updates, took a break from giving serious update when Twitter user Jay Furr asked if he could toast marshmellows over the volcanic vents. "And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular reaction", USGS replied.

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Anyone refusing to obey the evacuation order is at risk, as Mayor Kim stated: "Persons remaining in the mandatory evacuation area beyond the effective date and time of this Order do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond".

Kilauea's main crater at the volcano's summit has continued to periodically belch ash high up into the sky but the National Weather Service says most of the ash is blowing out to sea then dissipating quickly.

Leilani Estates resident Steve Gebbie said he lost his home to lava Sunday night. Authorities are telling residents to minimize their exposure to these to avoid skin irritation.

But he emphasized that Kilauea is affecting only 10 square miles of the Big Island, which has an area of more than 4,000 square miles. "Donna's house is gone".

Gov. David Ige told reporters that the power plant was "sufficiently safe".

Tuesday afternoon, following weeks of evacuations and unsafe flowing lava, residents in Leilani Estates got another scare when gunshots were fired shortly after noon.

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