Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano nears power plant

The entrance to the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. So far a natural berm is keeping lava

The entrance to the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. So far a natural berm is keeping lava

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of five on the Big Island of Hawaii. However, officials say a geothermal plant's wells were plugged so toxic gases won't get out.

Darryl Clinton told CNN on Tuesday he was standing on his buddy's porch, attempting to protect the home from burning down, when he got nailed with a "bowling ball-sized" bomb over the weekend.

Laze itself is not enough to cause serious burns, Babb said, unless someone is right on top of where lava enters the ocean.

The Hawaii Tourism Board says bookings between May and July dropped about 50% since the volcano started to spew out lava on May 3.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said there appears to be no immediate threat as of Tuesday afternoon. "It's nearly like catching a football, but you don't want to catch this football", Clinton said. "Once I realized what was going on, I put on the particulate mask that they gave us". Officials said flights to and from the Big Island and the rest of the state have not been affected.

Then there's the risk of explosions at a geothermal power plant.

Jack Jones, visiting from Madison, takes pictures at a country club in Volcano, Hawaii as a huge ash plume rises from the summit of Kiluaea volcanoGabor Kovacs, visiting from Hungary, watches as lava flows into the ocean, generating plumes of steam, near Pahoa, HawaiiLava explodes above a tree on Kilauea volcano near Pahoa.

On Monday evening local time, the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency announced that lava from nearby fissures had begun to encroach on the southern edge of a significant source of the state's power, the Puna Geothermal Venture. In response, the company quenched 10 of its 10 wells.

U.S. Geological Survey lava flows from fissures near Pahoa Hawaii. Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes forced people to flee and shot up plumes of
U.S. Geological Survey lava flows from fissures near

As a precaution, flammable chemicals were removed from the plant and the wells were filled with cold water. Travis said workers might also try to plug the wells, perhaps by filling them with mud and capping them with iron plugs.

In addition to the lava threatening homes and roads, it's also carving a fiery pathway toward the sea.

Besides explosive eruptions from the summit, Kilauea is oozing lava into neighborhoods about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away.

Madison Welch moved to Hawaii just three months ago to be with her mother.

Residents in the area continue to face disruption as a result of the eruption, according to Hawaii News Now.

Hinkle, 46, who works in landscaping and hortculture, said she's financially stressed but can't leave now.

"With as many normal bills as people have, you still don't know what's going to happen", she said. Her partner is settled on Big Island, where he owns 90 acres of property. "It's not like this show is going to end tomorrow".

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