New Eruptions in Hawaii Send Lava Closer to Power Plant

New Eruptions in Hawaii Send Lava Closer to Power Plant

Other residents have voiced concerns over health and safety.

"I heard the injury was quite bad, serious to his leg", Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. It's been generating plumes of lava haze or "laze" as it interacts with seawater.

Late Sunday or early Monday, lava entered and then stalled on the property of a geothermal plant. The company also said there was no damage to the facilities above-ground and that it was continuing to assess the impact.

Puna Geothermal represents about 4.5 percent of Ormat's worldwide generating capacity.

A National Park Service report published last month estimated that those visitors spent $166 million in communities nearby past year - spending that "supported 2,020 jobs in the local area, and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $222,394,900".

Kaleikini said the gases that could potentially leak from the Puna plant are no different from those coming from active fissures.

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 over Hawaii's Big Island, civil defense said.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Mike Poland says there are near continuous low-level ash emissions from the summit.

The volcano's Puu Oo crater was releasing 200 to 300 tons (181 to 272 metric tons) a day but is no longer emitting sulfur dioxide.

Darryl Clinton told CNN on Tuesday he was standing on his buddy's porch, attempting to protect the home from burning down, when he got nailed with a "bowling ball-sized" bomb over the weekend. A fissure that violently cracked open the earth's surface was spewing more lava and, possibly, more lava bombs - flying chunks of molten rock. It hit him above the ankle.

He said it was "incredibly powerful and hot". A friend wrapped a sheet around his leg and called for help. Roach said he can already wiggle his toes, but won't be able to put weight on his injured foot for at least six weeks.

Scientists say lava from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is causing fireworks-like explosions as it enters the ocean. About two-thirds of Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park closed May 11, right around the start of the summer tourist season - and it remains closed, likely deterring a substantial chunk of the park's more than 2 million annual visitors. The yard was littered every few feet with freshly-fallen lava, but Clinton wasn't anxious about getting hit by the hunks of molten rock.

Lava flows downhill, in this image from a helicopter overflight of Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift zone, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii on May 19, 2018.

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