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Power plant shut over blast fears from lava

Toxic: Hawaii volcano spews lava next to a geothermal plant PICTURE: GETTY

A POWER station has been shut down as flows of lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano continued to destroy homes and roads in Hawaii.

Crews worked all night to cap wells at the PGV geothermal plant over fears explosive toxic gases could be released.

‘We are working to ensure the safety of communities,’ said officials, who had earlier removed 50,000 gallons of stored gas from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.

Plumes of toxic ‘lava haze’ have spread over Big Island after Thursday’s eruption sent giant ash clouds 30,000ft into the air. More than 40 buildings have been destroyed and 2,000 people forced to flee.