More Hawaii evacuations as lava flows very hot, very fast

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Lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure erupts near a residence in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 27 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

A state senator who took an aerial tour of the Puna Geothermal plant on the Big Island, and the flowing lava from Kilauea volcano, said the lava flow could spell the end of the plant's operation.

He estimated the amount of people displaced so far to be up to 2,500 and said evacuation shelters were housing 353 people.

USGS: Not yet. Lava flow volumes are extraordinarily hard to measure, but we are working on various means of determining eruption rates (including topographic mapping thanks to a NASA airplane that is on site, and also measuring gases, which can be used as a proxy for effusion rate).

Kapoho, including Vacationland Hawaii and Kapoho Beach Lots. The lava now coming to the surface is the hottest and most fluid to date.

Explosions at the summit were sending small bursts of volcanic ash as high as 15,000 feet (4,570 meters).

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Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued almost non-stop for 35 years.

'Even the wispy edges of it can cause skin and eye irritation and breathing difficulties, ' USGS warned.

The volcanic gases, along with the debris falling from the sky after eruptions, were also a safety concern.

"Rather than shock and surprise it was more of a resolve that, OK, it's come to us now", Steven Neill, a Kapoho evacuee, told CNN affiliate KGMB/KHNL on Wednesday.

A new fissure has opened, bringing the total to 24 since the volcano began erupting on May 3.

'This is the hottest lava that we've seen in this eruption.

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

"Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents?" asked Twitter user, Jay Furr.

The National Weather Service reported volcanic haze produced by the activity of the rumbling volcano has been carried along by strong winds over the Mariana Islands. "Also due to preventative measures, neither well is expected to release any hydrogen sulfide", it said.

Steve Brantley of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the flow seemed to have halted Sunday morning before it picked back up and covered the well at the plant, which lies on the southeast flank of the volcano, nestled between residential neighborhoods.

The lava breached the property overnight. The Kilauea volcano has been unleashing danger on the remote, rural southeastern side of the island for almost a month, displacing thousands of residents, destroying 37 houses and forcing businesses to shut down.

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