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Hawaii Volcano Eruptions

Some Residents Ordered To Flee Fast-Moving Lava AP

Some Residents Ordered To Flee Fast-Moving Lava

UPDATED: Highway 132 is closed, and two wells at a geothermal plant have been covered with lava.

Volcanic Ash Coats Desks, Floors Of These Big Island Schools AP

Volcanic Ash Coats Desks, Floors Of These Big Island Schools

Pahala schools cope with the fallout, but many students haven’t been coming to class.

Kilauea Eruption Wreaks Havoc On Farms In Several Ways Courtesy of Beverly Tuaolo

Kilauea Eruption Wreaks Havoc On Farms In Several Ways

In addition to lava flows, plants have been burned by toxic gases and irrigation systems have been damaged.

Lava From Kilauea Enters Ocean From Three Flows AP

Lava From Kilauea Enters Ocean From Three Flows

The U.S. Marine Corps sends two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters to help if more evacuations become necessary.

‘Eerie’ Blue Flames Burn In Cracks Caused By Kilauea Lava Flows AP

‘Eerie’ Blue Flames Burn In Cracks Caused By Kilauea Lava Flows

The flames are caused by methane, a gas produced when lava buries and burns plants and trees.

More Health Problems For Big Island Mayor Harry Kim Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Health Problems For Big Island Mayor Harry Kim

He has been diagnosed with walking pneumonia after suffering at least one and possibly two heart attacks last month.

Workers Scramble To Seal Wells At Geothermal Plant Threatened By Lava Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Workers Scramble To Seal Wells At Geothermal Plant Threatened By Lava

“There are many unpredictable things that could happen,” says the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Big Island Lava Flows Reach Site Of Geothermal Plant USGS

Big Island Lava Flows Reach Site Of Geothermal Plant

A naturally occurring berm has so far halted the flow’s advance, but officials warn if the lava does hit the plant’s underground wells it could trigger the release of poisonous gases.

Big Island: What All This Talk About The Volcanic Eruption Really Means Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: What All This Talk About The Volcanic Eruption Really Means

Our Big Island correspondent takes issue with the way some media outlets are juicing up the coverage of Kilauea’s continuing eruption.

When The Lava Meets The Sea: A Toxic Cloud AP

When The Lava Meets The Sea: A Toxic Cloud

“Laze” is the result of molten lava hitting cold seawater and creating a kind of sulfur-infused steam that is extremely hazardous.

Hawaii Lava Flow Ramps Up AP

Hawaii Lava Flow Ramps Up

Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats.

Big Island Lava Flows Destroy 4 More Homes AP

Big Island Lava Flows Destroy 4 More Homes

Officials are encouraging residents in a rural area to prepare for evacuation because of continuous eruptions.

Hawaii Volcano Eruptions