HONOLULU (CBSMiami) – Eruptions on Hawaii’s big island are now entering the fourth week and one of the world’s most active volcanoes is showing no sign of quieting down.READ MORE: 120 Opa-locka Residents Return Home After Gas Explosion At Apartment Complex
Explosive bursts push out new lava every day from active fissures. Blue flames rise from cracks, fueled by methane gas from burning plants and shrubs.
The lava from the Kilauea volcano has destroyed around 50 homes and structures, 2,000 people remain evacuated.
“It’s really active, the fissures that are just south of PGV, are really active,” said Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno.READ MORE: Police Investigate Double Shooting In NW Miami-Dade
PGV is the Puna Geothermal Venture. Officials say the power plant is “essentially safe.” Scientists say the lava erupting from a vent near PGV is shooting higher than lava coming out of other vents — producing a lava wall, which is blocking molten rock from flowing toward the plant.
Residents near the plant are concerned about the possibility of lava flowing over the plants facilitates releasing poisonous gas into the air.
“I feel we were lied to, we were told things were taken care of, and then we find out they were not taken care of,” said Sabine Nagasawa.MORE NEWS: CDC Issues New Covid-19 Guidance For The Holiday Season
Based on the geologic history of Kilauea, officials believe the current fissure activity could become even larger.