Timelapse shows lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano invading backyard

Timelapse shows lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano invading backyard

Some 2,200 acres (890 hectares) of land have been torched by lava since May 3, in what is likely to be the most destructive eruption of Kilauea in more than a century, according to the County of Hawaii.

PGV plugged up its wells as the lava neared last week as a precaution.

The head of the state's emergency management agency has said the potential threat from the lava reaching the geothermal plant was untested.

Officials said there was no release of any risky hydrogen sulfide gas after lava crept over the plugged wells Sunday.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said Friday that the summit is shooting out a plume of water vapor and ash.

It was shut down shortly after Kilauea began spewing lava May 3.

A fast-moving lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced more residents out of their homes and in search of shelter from other threatening forms of volcanic activity.

Ross Birch of the island's tourism board says Norwegian Cruise Lines will resume visits to Kona on the west side of the island May 30 but skip Hilo on the east side, roughly 30 miles from the Kilauea volcano.

Satellite imagery and analytics firm DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, directed its cameras over a large portion of the lava flow on May 23, including a close up of the imperiled Puna Geothermal power plant.

An eruption from the summit's Halemaumau crater on Monday sent ash nearly 15,000 feet (4,600 m) into the air, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

Onlookers catch a glimpse of the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa on Saturday.

Despite evacuation orders for the area, some residents returned.

The new fissure sent more lava into the to evacuated Leilani Estates district in the eastern corner of Hawaii's Big Island.

Officials had no information on how many residents still remained in the neighbourhood or how many people might have already left.

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