Fast-moving lava from several fissures opened by Kilauea Volcano has crept toward clusters of homes on the eastern tip of Hawaii's Big Island as authorities ushered residents from the area as a precaution. Not only that, but the drone was able to send real-time images and video of the lava flows to emergency responders to help them more efficiently help residents and know where to send people as the evacuation progressed.
Hawaiii County Civil Defense said lava had reached the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant, covering a well.
Pele's hair was falling already on Monday evening and continues to be a risk for residents, Hawaii News Now reported.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said in a statement this morning that the company worked hard to carry out its lava protection plan.
Traffic is stalled along Highway 132 as Leilani Estates residents wait to return to their homes to gather vital belongings and animals this month.
Hawaii County officials said lava destroyed the electric utility's equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots.
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began spewing lava on May 3, forcing thousands of residents in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods in the Puna district to evacuate.
More people have been forced to evacuate as the USA state deals the massive eruption cycle. When it was clear that the flows would potentially block escape routes, the survey team contact emergency managers so they could warn citizens.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is warning people not to try to roast marshmallows over a volcano.
Lava from another fissure was about 2.8 miles (4.5km) above the intersection and was advancing in pauses and surges of about 600 yards (548.64m) per hour, scientists said. The biggest impacts might be vog, but that has been a persistent issue on the island for decades.
According to local reports, lava has already overrun two of 11 wells on the plant, but state officials say they think that the plant's wells will hold and unsafe hydrogen sulfide will not be released. The gas can cause irritation to the eyes, throat and skin, and is especially unsafe for people with respiratory conditions like asthma.
USGS shared a photograph on Facebook of a pyrocumulus cloud above Kilauea's Fissure 8, and said there was another such cloud above the volcano's Lower East Rift Zone.
But fountains coming from Fissure 8 "remain strong", the USGS warned. 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.