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Hawaii Volcano Lava Burns 2 Buildings at Geothermal Plant

The Puna geothermal plant was taken offline and evacuated soon after the volcano began erupting on May 3

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    'Firenado' Captured in Kilauea's Volcanic Eruption

    Video of a "firenado" during Kilauea's volcanic eruption was shared on social media. (Published Saturday, June 2, 2018)

    Lava has burned down two buildings at a geothermal plant near Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano.

    A substation and adjacent warehouse that stored a drilling rig at the Puna Geothermal Venture were covered by lava on Wednesday, according to a Thursday statement from Ormat Technologies, the Nevada company that owns the plant.

    The main access road to the plant has also been covered and blocked by lava. An alternative access road remains open. Two geothermal wellheads were destroyed on May 28.

    Meanwhile, county officials issued mandatory orders for residents of Leilani Estates to evacuate by noon and those in Kapoho Beach and Vacationland to leave by 2 p.m. or risk being trapped and unreachable by emergency crews.

    Man Injured by Lava From Kilauea as Eruption Continues

    [NATL] Man Injured by Lava From Kilauea as Eruption Continues

    A man was seriously hurt when lava struck him in his home in Pahoa, Hawaii.

    (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018)

    Police said a 55-year-old man was arrested after he circumvented a traffic checkpoint and crashed his vehicle into a hardened lava flow.

    Authorities said he was trying to get a look at lava and demanded passage through the checkpoint but was told by police to turn around.

    About an hour later, the same man, whose name was not released, was brought back to the checkpoint by a resident with injuries to his head and face. The man told police he had smashed his truck into lava.

    After being denied entry, the driver was able to circumvent the checkpoints, police said.

    He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and cited for loitering or refusing to leave a designated evacuation zone and failing to wear his seatbelt. He was released pending further investigation after being admitted to a hospital.

    The Puna geothermal plant was taken offline and evacuated soon after the volcano began erupting on May 3.

    Ash Plume From Hawaii Volcano Eruption Could Impact Air Travel

    [NATL-DFW] Hawaii Volcano Eruption May Impact Air Travel

    Another eruption at Mount Kilauea in Hawaii spewed a plume of ash clouds in the sky, sparking a red alert for aviation and threatening to impact air travel for flights with routes in the area. David Finfrock reports.

    (Published Friday, May 18, 2018)

    Officials removed roughly 50,000 gallons of pentane, a flammable gas similar to lighter fluid used in power generation at the plant, to an off-site industrial park. The geothermal wells were also plugged to prevent the accidental release of toxic gases from the lava flow.

    Kilauea has displaced thousands of residents and destroyed dozens of homes.