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The flames are caused by methane, a gas produced when lava buries and burns plants and trees.
He has been diagnosed with walking pneumonia after suffering at least one and possibly two heart attacks last month.
“There are many unpredictable things that could happen,” says the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
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.
Our Big Island correspondent takes issue with the way some media outlets are juicing up the coverage of Kilauea’s continuing eruption.
Update: Other residents in a rural area cut off by new flows from the Kilauea volcano to shelter in place.
A volcano expert says there is no way of knowing whether this is really the beginning or toward the end of the Big Island eruption.
Lava refugees, forced from their homes by the volcano, are squeezing into every available space.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday to upgrade the nation’s ability to monitor volcanoes and provide early warnings to those living in the shadows of their summits.