No End in Sight: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption Could Threaten Geothermal Plant

Georgia Reed
May 24, 2018

All he felt was searing, excruciating pain.

Dramatic photographs show Mount Kilauea erupting fountains of lava in a spectacular display of fire and colour. "I just think about my daughters and knew I was up on that roof, and I was in really bad shape".

Lava spatters "can weigh as much as a refrigerator, and even small pieces of spatter can kill", the spokeswoman told Reuters.

Eruption of lava and ground cracking continues Wednesday in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision in Puna.

At least 47 homes and other structures have been destroyed by almost two dozen fissures in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday by flying lava.

Wells have been capped at a geothermal plant in Hawaii as moving lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption threatens the property. The facility is now being threatened by a lava flow. Clinton soon realized he'd been hit by lava.

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Doctors at Hilo Medical Center, where Clinton remains under medical care, were able to save the injured leg, KHON 2 reports - which makes him lucky. "I just can't believe it's there".

The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii's Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been secured from approaching lava.

Witnessing the lava up close, injury notwithstanding, had been unforgettable, he said.

Here's something else you may not have known - this is actually NOT a new eruption. "It was all happening at one time".

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.

The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea - one before dawn and another several hours later - came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes. The lava has been pouring down the flank of the volcano and into the ocean miles away. When lava hits the sea and cools, it breaks apart and sends fragments flying into the air, which could land on boats in the water, said U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall.

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