Lava Flow Stalls, Sparing Hawaii Geothermal Plant From More Damage

Hannah Rogers
May 29, 2018

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been erupting for pretty much the entire month of May, slowly oozing molten rock out of several fissures in the ground.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported this morning that a new fissure 24 opened.

Geothermal wells often release small amounts of toxic hydrogen sulfide during normal operations, usually well below emissions limits set by local governments, but lava could destabilize a well and release more, the analysis said.

Molten rock from the erupting Kilauea volcano continued to relentlessly bulldoze through homes and backyards nearly a month after it began.

On Friday afternoon, firefighters went door to door in Leilani Estates urging resident to leave as the lava advanced toward the neighborhood.

NASA has released a new animated image that show Kilauea's lava flows at night.

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While eruptions continue at the main crater, Kilauea's lava flows have also proven extremely unsafe for bystanders and residents who refused to evacuate.

Authorities have shut down the plant, removed 60,000 gallons (230,000 litres) of flammable liquid, and deactivated the wells.

Lava engulfed two wells at a geothermal plant, however, there were no emissions of hydrogen sulphide. He says officials used property records to determine which structures are homes because it can be hard to tell from aerial surveys.

The volcano erupted three weeks ago, due to which 82 structures, including dozens of homes have been destroyed as 2,000 people have abandoned their houses.

A series of explosions from the Kilauea volcano on the archipelago of Hawaii in the United States on Saturday spewed ash up to 12,000 feet into the air, according to the US Geological Survey.

Winds are set to shift on Monday and Tuesday, causing higher concentrations of ash and volcanic smog that will spread west and northwest to affect more populated areas, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender.

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