The Latest: Lava threat accelerates removal of plant's fuel

The Latest on a Hawaii volcano eruption (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Authorities have accelerated the timeline for moving flammable pentane from a Hawaii geothermal plant that's near communities where lava has oozed from cracks in the ground.

Workers are moving the fuel to an industrial park about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) away. All 50,000 gallons (189,270 liters) of pentane was expected to be removed by the end of Thursday.

Pentane is a flammable liquid similar to lighter fluid, or butane.

Officials said earlier this week they had planned to move the pentane over the next few weeks but accelerated the effort because of the ongoing lava threat.

The Puna Geothermal Venture is owned by Nevada company Ormat Technologies.

It sits on the edge of Leilani Estates, one of the areas where nearly 2,000 residents have been forced to evacuate as Kilauea continues to spew lava. And with new fissures are opening closer to the edge of the plant, residents are getting even more worried.

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8:20 a.m.

Workers are moving flammable fuel from a geothermal plant that's near a Hawaii community where lava has oozed out of cracks in the ground.

Hawaii County officials say pentane is being moved from Puna Geothermal Venture to an offsite industrial park away from the neighborhoods where lava fissures have emerged.

Scientists say activity from the most recent lava fissure that opened up has paused but dangerous fumes continue to be released.

County officials say as of Thursday 15 fissures have emerged. Some two dozen homes have burned.

There is also concern that Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater.

Scientists say the explosive eruption could occur even as the volcano continues to splatter and ooze lava out of its eastern flank into a residential area.

Two subdivisions were evacuated last week after lava oozed out of the fissures.

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12 a.m.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater. That kind of explosive eruption was last displayed by the volcano nearly a century ago.

This eruption could occur even the volcano continues to splatter and ooze lava out of its eastern flank into a residential area.

Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige says a geothermal energy plant near the lava outbreak would remove its storage of a flammable gas called pentane by the end of the day Thursday.

He says it would be "very hazardous" if a volcanic vent were to open under the facility where the fuel is stored.

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This version corrects that the material being moved from the plant is pentane, not pentene, and is in liquid, not gas form.