The majority of the estimated costs were attributed to the approximately $1.6 million by the county Department of Public Works, $1.4 million of which was spent on roads and bridges.
Ige says there's potential for a larger-scale evacuation as more fissures open. "A mass evacuation of the lower Puna District would be beyond current county and state capabilities, and would quickly overwhelm our collective resources", Ige said in a statement announcing his request.
Presently, during the drawdown of the lava column, rockfalls from the steep enclosing walls of the crater are hitting the lava lake and producing ash clouds that dissipate quickly.
No one lives in the immediate area of the summit crater.
A volcano in Hawaii, threatening to blow its top, has been sputtering lava for a week, and it's left some devastating results.
Active eruption of lava from fissures some 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) east of the summit has paused.
Additional funds are needed to address the permanent damage the volcanic activity and earthquakes have caused, he added.
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About 2,000 people have been evacuated from the neighborhoods were lava has oozed from the ground.
Plant manager Mike Kaleikini said Thursday that all the fuel was moved off-site to a secure location. Distant communities such as Hilo, about 30 miles away, could get a dusting of ash. There are now 15 of the vents spread through the Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods. That powerful outburst occurred after rockfalls caused the collapse of the Pu'u 'Ō'ō crater at the summit of Kilauea, which had been puffed up like a soufflé filled with red-hot lava.
The problem is the lava lake at the summit of Kilauea is draining fast, about 6.5 feet per hour, Mandeville said. The Puna Geothermal Venture plant had about 50,000 gallons of pentane.
The plant, which is owned by Ormat Technologies of Reno, Nevada, is across a highway from where lava has been erupting.
A 66-year-old resident returned to his Leilani Estate home on Wednesday to retrieve personal belongings when he spotted an intruder leaving the office of his home on Moku Street, Hawaii News Now reported.
As many as 14 fissures have opened up in the region and are spewing volcanic ashes. Some two dozen homes have burned. (Pictured: Gas rises from a crater, illuminated by the glow of lava.) Mario Tama/Getty ImagesWhere There's SmokeHere, U.S. Army National Guard member measures for sulfur dioxide gas.
There's potential for Hawaii's Kilauea volcano to propel huge boulders into the sky, spew noxious gases like sulfur dioxide, and cause acid rain to fall over Hawaii's Big Island if its eruption intensifies.
There are fears that things could get worse, with the volcano hurling ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air. The governor of Hawaii has declared a local state of emergency near the volcano after it erupted following a 5.0-magnitude natural disaster, forcing the evacuation of almost 1,700 residents.