Lava destroyed a building near the plant, bringing the total number of structures overtaken in the past several weeks to almost 50, including dozens of homes.
Beyond the immediate fire danger from the lava, high levels of sulfur dioxide spewing from the volcano pose a serious threat to children, elderly people, and people with respiratory issues, the United States Geological Survey said.
"It was the most forceful impact Ive ever had on my body in my life", Clinton told a crowd of reporters from his hospital bed Tuesday.
Authorities have already forced more than 2,000 people to evacuate. A friend wrapped a sheet around his leg and called for help.
Clinton was the first to suffer a major injury because of the eruption.
The company also says it believes the lava's movement towards the station has halted and if anything, the molten rock now seems to be going in the other direction: the probability of it approaching the plant seems low, Ormat said. Officials announced the incident with few details, identifying Clinton only as a homeowner on Noni Farms Road who had shattered his leg from his shin to his foot when lava spatter struck him.More news: Crowd remembers victims of Manchester attack during 1 year anniversary
"I just wanted to live".
"It was incredible. It was just the event of a lifetime", Clinton said. 'I landed on a sofa chair that was on fire from the lava exploding. and then my foot fell off my leg so it was like a hinge'. "Every aspect of the lava was there, you know, the sounds, the sights, the flowing lava, the aa [a type of lava flow], the fissures".
Lava flows downhill, in this image from a helicopter overflight of Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift zone, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., May 19, 2018. Days later, after several small earthquakes, the magma pushed its way back to the surface on the east side of the islands Leilani Estates neighborhood, creating the first of many fissures to come.
Kilauea sparked new safety warnings on Monday about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava flowing into the ocean set off a chemical reaction.
Civil defense notices cautioned motorists, boaters and beachgoers to beware of caustic plumes of "laze" formed from two streams of hot lava pouring into the sea after cutting across Highway 137 on the south coast of Hawaii's Big Island late on Saturday and early Sunday.