Hawaiian Authorities Work to Protect Power Plant From Lava Flow

Hawaiian Authorities Work to Protect Power Plant From Lava Flow

Hawaiian Authorities Work to Protect Power Plant From Lava Flow

Scientists say lava from Kilauea is causing explosions as it enters the ocean, which can look like fireworks.

The explosions can also build small cones, similar to regular volcanic cinder cones.

Stovall says the flying fragments could land on boats on the water.

Babb said protective masks that officials have been distributing to protect people from volcanic ash will filter particles from lava haze but not the hydrochloric acid.

Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii's Big Island, May 22, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii. On Tuesday, the lava began advancing again.

An explosive eruption at the Kilauea summit at 3:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. EST) sent ash to a height of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) over Hawaii's Big Island, civil defense said. The latest was a warehouse adjacent to the Puna plant, Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The building was owned by the state of Hawaii. Since May 3, over a dozen fissures have opened up along the east rift zone of the Kilauea volcano, destroying almost 50 structures.

Workers at the closed Puna Geothermal Venture, which provided around 25 percent of electricity on Hawaii's Big Island, worked to cap the last of three pressurized wells to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled release of toxic gases should they be inundated by lava. Workers were capping the 11th and last well at the plant to prevent toxic gases from wafting out after lava entered, then stalled, on the property near one of the new volcanic vents.

At times fountaining at Fissure 22 reached a height of about 50 m. Click to enlarge
At times fountaining at Fissure 22 reached a height of about 50 m. Click to enlarge

Puna Geothermal, owned by Nevada's Ormat Technologies, was shut down earlier this month 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. She's already lost two tourism-related jobs due to Kilauea's eruption.

The National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory have issued warnings about risky ashfall and toxic gasses emitted from vents throughout the area.

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

Since Kilauea's massive eruption, rivers of fire have swallowed at least 40 structures, hurled lava through cracks in the earth's surface and devastated livelihoods.

Some lava over the weekend began flowing into the ocean and generated plumes of lava haze.

While some officials fret over the potential of toxic gas being released from the PGV plant, others are concerned about the threat of laze.

Jack Jones, visiting from Madison, takes pictures at a country club in Volcano, Hawaii as a huge ash plume rises from the summit of Kiluaea volcanoGabor Kovacs, visiting from Hungary, watches as lava flows into the ocean, generating plumes of steam, near Pahoa, HawaiiLava explodes above a tree on Kilauea volcano near Pahoa. The US Geological Survey said laze contributed to two deaths in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows.


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