Hawaii's Kilauea volcano: Power plant wells plugged, blue flames in suburban street

Deadly lava is tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano's violent eruption continues — here are the latest images

It has since opened more than 20 vents releasing lava, sulfur dioxide and steam.

Scientists say the methane can seep through cracks several feet away from the lava.

Lava destroyed a building near the plant, bringing the total number of structures overtaken in the past several weeks to almost 50, including dozens of homes.

The volcanic eruptions have been escalating for about two weeks, severely damaging nearby residential neighborhoods. The public "should feel pretty comfortable that there should be no untoward events from Puna Geothermal Venture".

Lava edged toward a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying an old warehouse near the facility, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said.

Lava flowing from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has claimed another structure, this one close to a geothermal plant. A metal cap has been added on top as an additional measure.

Puna Geothermal, owned by Nevada's Ormat Technologies, was shut down shortly after Kilauea began spewing lava on May 3.

Earlier this month officials removed a flammable gas called pentane from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.

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Clinton says it was "incredibly powerful and hot" and he went into shock.

The latest explosive eruption at the Kilauea summit at around 1 a.m. (6 a.m. EST) sent a plume of ash over Hawaii's Big Island, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported in a statement.

Doctors at Hilo Medical Center, where Clinton remains under medical care, were able to save the injured leg, KHON 2 reports - which makes him lucky.

Kilauea sparked new safety warnings on Monday about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava flowing into the ocean set off a chemical reaction. Officials are concerned that "laze", a risky product produced when hot lava hits cool ocean water, will affect residents.

Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam, along with fine glass particles, into the air.

Geologists say Kilauea has since entered a more violent phase, in which larger volumes of molten rock are oozing from the ground and traveling farther than before.

The latest update from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that a "moderate-level eruption" of lava was continuing to flow from Kilauea.

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