The lava is still "moving very vigorously", keeping Big Island residents on alert and away from the ocean.
The middle portion of the fissure system (centered on Pohoiki Rd.) continues to produce the most robust eruptive activity in the Lower East Rift Zone.
The lava flow does not pose any immediate threat to the plant, the US Geological Survey said Wednesday. "It opened up very recently", USGS volcanologist Wendy Stovall said Thursday. New footage from the Hawaii Army National Guard paints a stark picture of Puna, Hawaii, as the lava flows burn bright red in the darkness of night.
Residents of Leilani Estates have been allowed to return at times since the eruptions began.
The volcano's 4,090 ft (1,250 metre) summit has collapsed to form a caldera, a broad shallow depression almost 3 miles long and 2 miles wide with an area of more than 4 square miles.
"One of the first things emergency responders wanted to know was where the lava was coming out - where are all the fissures?"
Molten lava crept into the grounds of a geothermal power plant site, as workers rushed to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.
The methane is produced when vegetation is burned by the lava, scientists said.
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"What we try to focus on with all our messaging is that people recognize the possibility of isolation, that they need to be prepared", Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator, told reporters Wednesday.
The volcano has been in almost continuous eruption since 1983.
Nathan reports the volcano has destroyed at least 44 homes and buildings.
Map of Kilauea's lava flows over the last 1,000 years (left panel) versus lava flows in May 2018 (right panel, inset). The remarkable footage was taken May 22 in the vicinity of the Puna Geothermal Venture, a plant that brings steam to the surface by way of several underground wells. And while the unemployment rate is low at around 2 percent, that figure obscures other problems.
Lava is entering the ocean off Hawaii from a third flow, marking the third week of a volcanic eruption that has opened up almost two dozen vents, destroyed buildings and sent plumes of ash miles into the sky.
Hawaii volcano eruption: The most striking pictures from Kilauea eruption Fri, May 25, 2018 Incredible photographs show molten lava pouring into the Pacific Ocean, volcanic fissures erupting with brutality and lava fountains creating spectacular displays of fire.
Meanwhile, sulfur dioxide and other gases form volcanic fog, otherwise known as vog.
Ash has continued to spew out from the summit of a Hawaii volcano amid intermittent explosions.