Since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began a once-in-a-century-scale eruption on May 3, authorities have shutdown the plant, removed 60,000 gallons of flammable liquid, and deactivated wells that tap into steam and gas deep in the Earth's core.
The Israeli-owned 38 megawatt plant typically provides around 25 per cent of electricity on the Big Island, according to local power utility Hawaii Electric Light.
The financial impact from Kilauea eruptions has been revealed to be between $3million and $6 million on lost revenue from property taxes and reduced property values.
"I've seen some article that have talked about this becoming a Mount St. Helens and that will never happen".
The Hawaii Tourism Authority has made a decision to focus on two target contributors to the Hawaii market, the United States and Japan. If these lava flows reach the intersection of highways 132 and 137 a large area along the coast and highway 137 will be cut off and become completely inaccessible.
In a statement from Mufi Hannemann of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, he says, "Given how the Big Island is being portrayed through the media globally, it is no surprise that we are seeing a decrease in travel and hotel reservations".
"It's hard to get to the center, which is the hottest portion of the fountain", Stovall said.
"You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation", the Hawaii County Civil Defence agency advised the public.
The civil defence agency had ordered more residents of the vulnerable Leilani Estates area to leave because of the lava. Lava from another fissure was about 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) above the intersection and was advancing in pauses and surges of about 600 yards (548.64 meters) per hour, scientists said.
Kilauea's main crater at the volcano's summit has continued to periodically belch ash high up into the sky.
Lava from one fissure created fountains Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning that reached over 200 feet (61 meters).
In addition to volcanic particles that can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation, residents were warned to be on the lookout for sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers known as "Pele's hair", a reference to the Hawaiian goddess of fire.
Volcanic gas emissions, consisting of sulfuric dioxide also remained "very high" and the weather exacerbated the poor air quality.
Molten rock trapped at least one person who was rescued by authorities. Wind conditions in the coming days means "vog" - volcanic gas mixed with ash - is expected to spread over the island, according to the USGS.
It is unclear how many homes and businesses were without power.