Kilauea and its many fissures which are pouring out huge mounts of molten rock are causing massive problems in the immediate vicinity of the volcano, but no effects are occurring away from Hawaii. The most eastern channel split, creating three ocean entries on Wednesday. One of the helicopters is already on Hawaii island, and the other is expected to arrive today, she said.
Kilauea sparked new safety warnings on Monday about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava flowing into the ocean set off a chemical reaction.
Ballistic blocks, earthquakes and ocean plumes: In the three weeks since Hawaii's Kilauea began erupting, it has produced some awe-inspiring - and risky - phenomena. The state recreation area is about 45 miles east of the Kilauea Volcano.
"One of the first things emergency responders wanted to know was where the lava was coming out - where are all the fissures?" And right now, it's all a lava lake.
An aerial view of a massive surface flow entering the sea at Malama Flats Hawai’i. Image EPA Bruce Omori Paradise Helicopters
The volcano has opened more than 20 vents in the ground that have released lava, sulfur dioxide and steam.
On Wednesday, the volcano belched a plume that reached about 7,000ft (2,133m), scientists said.
Joe Kekedi takes pictures as lava enters the ocean, generating plumes of steam near Pahoa, Hawaii.
Despite the epic imagery, Kilauea's recent activity is a blip when compared to its previous episodes since 1983, when the current eruption technically began. The lava approached the southernmost point of the station's boundaries and a disused building belonging to the University of Hawaii caught fire, it stated.
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The Puna power plant supplies 25 percent of the island's electricity, the daily business website Calcalist reported.
Puna covers as much ground as Los Angeles, but its population is much smaller, hovering around 45,000 people.
Those living in communities southwest of the Kilauea volcano are warned that wind might carry ash their way after the eruption Thursday night.
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Officials also said that crews had remained on the scene monitoring for gas releases and had detected no sign of hydrogen sulfide, a flammable and extremely risky gas.
News of the the evacuation plan comes as ash continues to spew out from the summit of a Hawaii volcano amid intermittent explosions. Ash can be seen falling from the plume as it is blown downwind.
One man had part of his left leg shattered after a piece of cooling lava hit him out of nowhere while he was on his balcony. Others, however, contend that public officials have not enforced existing regulations as strictly as they could have.
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