In Hawaii, lava breaches property of power plant as fissures reactivate

The plant supplies 30 percent of the island's electricity; officials removed 50K gallons of flammable liquid.
2:26 | 05/22/18

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Next, the new threat at this hour from the kilauea volcano. A river of lava creeping closer to the island's power plant tonight. The results could be explosive, leaving thousands without power. ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman live from the big island tonight. Matt a dramatic scene behind you there. We should let our viewers know, you and the team are at a safe distance. Reporter: That's right, David, we are a safe distance away. Believe it or not, this is just one of several fissures like this, guy scissor lava into the air. And one volcanologist I spoke to said she's seen lava fountains before, but nothing on this scale. Tonight, multiple fissures reactiva reactivating, pumping cascades of lava 150 feet high. Early this morning, the national Guard flying above that hellscape. The only way to capture the scope of it is from the air. That is the highest thing in the landscape right now. Right by that fountain of lava, the area's geo-thermal plant, supplying 30% of the island's electricity. We saw lava breaching the property. Officials say they've removed 50,000 gallons of flammable gas and are right now racing to cap a final well. In the helicopter, we followed those rushing rivers of lava to the ocean. What's incredible is when you fly over those two rivers of lava down there, you can actually feel the heat from 2,000 feet above them. The air in the southern part of the island, increasingly toxic. And you can see what this wind is doing, it is kicking up all of this steam and sulfur dioxide. Now, that's hazardous to breathe. And there are multiple times more sulfur dioxide in the air now than there were a couple of days ago. Families like Dee Nevarez's racing to evacuate idyllic homes earlier this month now returning home to this. Quite a scene there. Matt, give us an idea how hot it is for you and the team and the people who live nearby. Reporter: Well, where I'm standing, going to take a thermometer raegd on my back, about 125 degrees. Where my view, is about 100 degrees. Even in the air, we could feel the heat of that fissure. Volcanologists say that what you're seeing behind me could keep going for weeks on end here, covering much more of this island with this kind of thick volcanic crust. David? Matt Gutman following this for days for us. Matt, thank you. We are also following

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