Fountain of Lava Spews at Fissure 20 Near Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

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Since the start of the eruption, lava flows have forced evacuations, closed a geothermal plant that supplies 25 percent of the island's power and created a noxious plume of "laze" when it began flowing into the ocean.

Kilauea, the volcano on Hawaii's Big Island that's been erupting since May 3, is visible from space - and astronauts have been helping with the emergency response.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory did issue notices on April 17th and May 1st; saying an East Rift Zone eruption was possible.

Lava has already destroyed almost 50 buildings including dozens of homes.

Metal plugs in the wells, which run as deep as 2,438 metres underground, are an additional stopgap measure.

One major potential hazard that appeared to have been brought under control was at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant, which provides about a quarter of the Big Island's electricity. A flammable gas called pentane is used as part of the process, though officials earlier this month removed 50,000 gallons (190,000 liters) of the gas from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions. 'I landed on a sofa chair that was on fire from the lava exploding. and then my foot fell off my leg so it was like a hinge'. Goddess of fire, Pele, is believed to live on Kilauea volcano, and the plant itself is thought to desecrate her name.

Before the Leilani Estates eruption, the volcano's summit had been releasing an average of 3,000 to 6,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each day.

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And that's not the only danger: Also on Tuesday, a man standing on his friend's porch was hit with a bowling-ball-sized lava bomb, which resulting in a severe leg injury.

Doctors say he should be able to walk again, but can't put pressure on his injured leg for the next six weeks.

Active fissures push out new lava every day, most of it flowing into the Pacific Ocean away from people.

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano continue to pour into the ocean.

As of this date, there have been two significant eruptions at the summit that released ash and sulfur dioxide thousands of feet into the atmosphere.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said Wednesday that lava erupting from a vent closest to Puna Geothermal Venture is shooting higher than lava coming out of other vents.