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Lava flow enters Hawaii geothermal plant property

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM


A lava flow in Hawaii has entered the property of a geothermal power plant on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory announced the development on Sunday morning. It gave no details as to how deep into the Puna Geothermal Venture lava has intruded.

Officials previously moved 50,000 gallons of potentially toxic gas offsite and capped the wells on the property to prevent releases of additional gas if lava enters the wells.

Lava-filled fissures have opened up across the southeastern side of the Big Island over the past three weeks as the Kilaeau volcano has become more active.