Pahala schools cope with the fallout, but many students haven’t been coming to class.
In addition to lava flows, plants have been burned by toxic gases and irrigation systems have been damaged.
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.