Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant

Ruben Ruiz
May 24, 2018

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory did issue notices on April 17th and May 1st; saying an East Rift Zone eruption was possible.

A rogue lava flow has crept onto the neighboring property toward the 11 wells of the Puna Geothermal Venture power plant.

Officials earlier this month removed 190,000 litres of stored flammable gas from the site to reduce the chance of explosions. By nature of the beast, a geothermal plant is built in a place featuring geothermal activity, which in this case is connected to the active volcano now threatening the plant.

For example, Gen. Hara now has the authority to command both the National Guard and active military forces to plan for and be ready to execute those plans should roadways in Puna be lost to lava and a mass air evacuation is necessary, Gov. Ige said.

Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said the lava stalled behind a berm on the property boundary.

Lava erupts and flows from a Kilauea volcano fissure, near to the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant (TOP R), on Hawaii's Big Island on May 21, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii.

Lava has destroyed almost 50 buildings, including one near the plant, since the eruption began about three weeks ago.

Residents have been concerned about hazards if lava flowed over the plant's facilities or if the molten rock heated chemicals at the plant.

Scientists call the glass Limu O Pele, or Pele's seaweed, named after the Hawaiian goddess of volcano and fire. Kilauea's summit is now belching 15,000 tons (13,607 metric tons) of the gas each day up from 6,000 tons (5443 metric tons) daily prior to the May 3 eruption.

Kilauea continues to erupt creating three lava fissures at Lanipuna Gardens on Hawaii's Big Island
Image Three lava fissures at Lanipuna Gardens on Hawaii's Big Island

Clinton's ex wrapped his wound in a sheet and helped him down to her truck, which they used to drive into Pahoa.

'I knew it was real because of the pain'.

Doctors say he should be able to walk again, but can't put pressure on his injured leg for the next six weeks.

Scientists say lava from Kilauea is causing explosions as it enters the ocean, which can look like fireworks. Days later, after several small earthquakes, the magma pushed its way back to the surface on the east side of the island's Leilani Estates neighborhood, creating the first of many fissures to come.

Clinton was the first to suffer a major injury because of the eruption.

Laze killed two people when a lava flow reached the coast in 2000, and even a wisp can cause eye and respiratory irritation, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam, along with fine glass particles, into the air. But Kilauea's activity ratcheted up considerably on May 3 after an quake rattled the region; lava began spilling from newly created fissures and spreading through neighborhoods, turning parts of the Big Island into disaster zones.

"I think the biggest worry for us is based on the geologic history of this volcano - is that the current fissure activity could actually become a bit larger", said geologist Steve Brantley from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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