Lava from Kilauea 'hotter than ever' after eruption, scientists warn

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Fernanda Braga and her family could only watch as lava from the eruption burned their home.

Big Island Prosecutor Mitch Roth said, "We're going to treat all of the offenses that happened in this area to the fullest extent of the law".

The lava was moving fast enough to cover about six football fields an hour, according to US Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall.

But the mandatory evacuation was "decided prior to that incident", said David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency assigned to the Hawaii County Civil Defense authority.

The fissures in the area are still emitting lava and high concentrations of sulfur dioxide, which is a risky gas and byproduct of the eruptions, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency. The lava now coming to the surface is the hottest and most fluid to date.

The kind of hardened lava left by Kilauea's flows is relatively easy to remove with heavy equipment, and officials say contractors started work on Wednesday. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. 'We are pretty much tapping mantle temperatures right now'.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. says it's evaluating how to provide power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots once the eruption is over, but it won't be able to finalise a plan until the area is stable.

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'You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation, ' the Hawaii County Civil Defence agency advised the public.

Kilauea entered its fourth week of what may be an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at its summit crater and along a 10-kilometre string of fissures 40 kilometres down its east flank. As lava rushed past the property, a USGS crew that was flying the drone used the aircraft to lead rescue teams to the stranded person.

"They can evacuate about 45 people at a time", a Hawaii Police Department spokesman said.

Fast-moving lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced officials to close part of a highway on Tuesday, and they warned that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibres carried by the wind could injure eyes and lungs. Officials have said the power plant is safe but lava has never engulfed a geothermal plant anywhere in the world, leaving a measure of uncertainty.

Traditional Hawaiian beliefs say it depends on Pele, the volcano goddess who is said to reside in Kilauea. Explosions at the summit were sending small bursts of volcanic ash as high as 15,000 feet (4,570 meters).

The gun-toting man accused of shooting at a lava evacuee during a heated confrontation captured on video was charged Thursday with multiple counts of reckless endangering and terroristic threatening.

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