Timelapse shows the dramatic glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as eruption continues
24 May, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Lillian Steele
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.
At least 47 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 by flying lava. Some lava, however, menaced a geothermal plant.
On Wednesday, Hawaii Governor David Ige said that while officials are continuing to monitor gases leaking from the power plant, "all wells are stable at this point".
Authorities say production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out. A metal cap has been added on top as an additional measure.
Residents have been concerned about hazards if lava flowed over the plant's facilities or if the molten rock heated chemicals at the plant.
Officials shut down Puna Geothermal shortly after the current eruption began. That steam is then directed into a turbine generator that produces electricity, according to Hawaiian Electric. Earlier this month, officials removed 50,000 gallons (190,000 liters) of the gas from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.
Clinton says it was "incredibly powerful and hot" and he went into shock.
GETTYThe Hawaii resident tried to tackle the intense heat armed with only a fire extinguisher and hose
Clinton was the first to suffer a major injury because of the eruption.
Lava from the eruption on the Big Island is primarily flowing south toward the ocean.
About 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east of the plant on the coast, noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and fine glass-like particles billowed into the sky as lava poured into the ocean from two flows.
Kilauea's latest eruptive episode has upended life on parts of the Big Island since April 30, when the floor of the Puu Oo Crater, on the volcano's East Rift Zone, collapsed and sent its pool of lava back underground.
"The methane gas will flow through the ground, through the cracks that are already existing, and will come up wherever there's a place for them to come up", said Wendy Stovall, a scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Geologists say Kilauea has since entered a more violent phase, in which larger volumes of molten rock are oozing from the ground and traveling farther than before.
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They'd even take their little postcards, burn one corner in the lava flow, mail them off, stuff like that", he said. Geological Survey geophysicist Mike Poland says the explosion likely only lasted a few minutes.
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