Hawaii County officials are knocking on doors on several streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision alerting residents to flee fast-moving lava from Kilauea volcano.

Civil defense reminds affected residents that the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open for those in need of shelter.

Meanwhile, as was feared for weeks, lava crawled onto the property of the Puna Geothermal Venture plant.

The Hawaii Civil Defence Agency said lava from Kilauea has covered a potentially explosive well at a geothermal power station and is threatening another, after flowing onto the site.


This video, from the USGS, shows lava erupt from the seventh fissure on May 27.

Vog - or volcanic smog - is a haze created when sulfur dioxide gas and other volcanic pollutants settle with moisture and dust.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory described the eruption from the East Rift Zone as "vigorous".

Over the weekend, there were more than 250 earthquakes at Kilauea's summit, with four explosions on Saturday sending ash as high as 3,650-4,575 metres, officials said.


Kilauea was belching 15,000 tons of the gas each day, up from 6,000 tons daily prior to the eruption.

"The flow from fissures 21 and 7 was widening and advancing", Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for the County of Hawaii, said on the position of lava heading northeast towards PGV.

The Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said all the wells remained "stable and secure" in a statement released Sunday night.

Officials previously moved 50,000 gallons of potentially toxic gas offsite and capped the wells on the property to prevent releases of additional gas if lava enters the wells.


Thousands of residents have been impacted by evacuation orders as lava continues to flow, entering the ocean at three different points as of May 26.

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