Helicopters prepare for evacuation as Kilauea's 3rd lava flow enters ocean

U.S. Geological Survey shows lava flowing 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

U.S. Geological Survey shows lava flowing 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

- Blue flames from burning methane have become part of the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.

Methane gas from vegetation buried by lava burned blue as it erupted through cracks on Kahukai Street in Leilani Estates early Wednesday.

Fissure 7 is producing the largest amount of lava, according to USGS volcanologist Wendy Stovall.

An aerial view of a massive surface flow entering the sea at Malama Flats Hawai'i. Image EPA  Bruce Omori  Paradise Helicopters
An aerial view of a massive surface flow entering the sea at Malama Flats Hawai’i. Image EPA Bruce Omori Paradise Helicopters

Scientists say lava from Kilauea is causing explosions as it enters the ocean, which can look like fireworks. The methane can also explode when heated.

Even on the Big Island, home of Kilauea, Ige says "the one area that people need to avoid is lower Puna where the eruption is ongoing".

On the volcano's east flank, almost two-dozen fissures are producing 15,000 tons a day of toxic sulfur dioxide, a level "much higher than seen in recent times", Bravender said.

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At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area of the Puna district, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday (May 19) when a plate-sized chunk of molten rock shot out of a fissure and struck him on the leg. Relentless lava flow has reached the Puna Geothermal Venture property, the civil defense agency said.

"It's very dramatic. It's very eerie", USGS scientist Jim Kauahikaua said.

Since the eruption began on May 3, Hawaii County has ordered about 2,000 people to evacuate from Leilani Estates and surrounding neighbourhoods.

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In a briefing this morning at Hawaii County Civil Defense headquarters, Hara told state, county and federal officials that he has arranged for two Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters to be available for evacuation missions now that lava from the Lower East Rift Zone has flowed to the sea and severed Highway 137 along the coast. And once ignited, it produces a blue flame, the USGS said. The yard was littered every few feet with with fallen lava, but Clinton wasn't anxious about getting hit by the hunks of molten rock. Explosive bursts of lava, steam and ash are the new normal on the Big Island, and rivers of lava continue to threaten homes - as well as a geothermal electrical plant.

Underground wells bring up steam and hot liquid, and the steam feeds a turbine generator. Workers are rushing to shut down the power plant to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases from the site.

"Residents in the affected area should be prepared to take leave of the area with little notice due to gas or lava inundation", the bulletin said.

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Down on the east flank of the volcano, six fissures re-erupted in lava fountains, as volcanic activity moved west toward Highway 130. Businesses catering to tourists on the cruise have taken a hit since the company suspended Big Island port visits after the eruption began.

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