Moving lava sparks immediate evacuations in Hawaii

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The civil defence agency had ordered more residents of the vulnerable Leilani Estates area to leave because of the lava. His only way out was through his back door, through the forest.

An incredible timelapse video has emerged showing lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano invading a backyard as it now enters its fourth week of destructive eruptions.

On Sunday afternoon while lava wasn't moving very much in Leilani Estates, two people were out mowing their lawns.

"Any residents remaining in the current affected areas should evacuate now", Hawaii County Civil Defense said in an alert.

The lava crossed onto the land occupied by Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), according to the US Geological Survey, having destroyed dozens of nearby houses in the past few days.

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Earthquakes and magma flowing underground have also caused giant cracks in the earth damaging homes and roads.

Lava continues to devastate the community more than three weeks after the crisis began.

Local residents fear an explosive emission of deadly hydrogen sulfide and other gases should wells be ruptured.

A new fissure, No. 24 is also reported by HVO, in Leilani Estates between Kupono and Nohea streets.

Operator Ormat Technologies Inc last week said there was no above-ground damage to the plant but it would have to wait until the situation stabilised to assess the impact of earthquakes and lava flows.

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Of the new lava activity Monday, one of the same fissures involved in Sunday's scare, fissure 8, reactivated after stalling.

Ever wondered what it's like to soar over the summit of an active volcano as ash plumes thousands of feet into the air?

Light winds are expected to push volcanic gases westward, increasing the presence of ash and sulfur dioxide downwind of the Kilauea summit, the National Weather Service said on Monday.

County officials plan to hold two community meetings this week: one today scheduled for 5 p.m.at Pahoa High School's cafeteria, and one Wednesday scheduled for 5:30 p.m.in the multipurpose room at Kau High.

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