Kilauea lava flows threaten geothermal power plant

24 May, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Wells are hurriedly plugged at Hawaii power plant under threat of lava flow

Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the warehouse adjacent to the plant was destroyed late Monday night.

In addition, the Hawaii Fire Department, state Department of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continue to monitor the air quality in the lower East Rift Zone.

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.

Authorities in Hawaii are racing to close off production wells at a geothermal plant threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. Some lava, however, menaced a geothermal plant.

At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area of the Puna district, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday when a plate-sized chunk of molten shot out of a fissure and struck him on the leg.

Puna Geothermal, owned by Nevada's Ormat Technologies, was shut down shortly after Kilauea began spewing lava on May 3.

The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power, providing for about 25 percent of the island's daily energy demand.

Earlier this month officials removed a flammable gas called pentane from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.


Lava from the eruption on the Big Island is primarily flowing south toward the ocean.

As of this date, there have been two significant eruptions at the summit that released ash and sulfur dioxide thousands of feet into the atmosphere.

Additionally, astronauts on the International Space Station can see the eruption and have sent photos of it to the U. S. Geological Survey and emergency responders, NASA said.

He says that pattern "is about par for the course" right now.

That prompted safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline.

The first person seriously injured by Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption is in high spirits just a few days after a "lava bomb" almost sliced his leg in half, KHON 2 reports. Even the smoke rising from the lava appears to take on a red tinge as it plumes into the sky.

But first of all, the Kilauea eruption began to pick up steam a few days ago, creating a new hazard of "toxic steam" as the red-hot rock interacts with the Pacific Ocean; and secondly, the lava changed direction.

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