Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Hawaii volcano reaches ocean, jungles, threatens geothermal plant

Hawaii volcano reaches ocean, jungles, threatens geothermal plant

The public "should feel pretty comfortable that there should be no untoward events from Puna Geothermal Venture". New footage from the Hawaii Army National Guard paints a stark picture of Puna, Hawaii, as the lava flows burn bright red in the darkness of night.

Scientists, however, say the conditions on Kilauea make it a good site for harnessing the earth for renewable energy. The plant is expected to begin operating "as soon as it is safe to do so", according to the statement. Last year, the Hawaii plant generated about $11 million of net income for the company.

Laze - a term combining the words "lava" and "haze" - is formed when erupting lava, which can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius), reacts with sea water.

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

Underscoring the eruption's dangers, a Hawaii man was hit by a flying piece of lava over the weekend said the molten rock almost sheared his leg in half.

Clinton says it was "incredibly powerful and hot" and he went into shock.

Hawaii Electric Light officials also confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday that even if lava destroyed the power plant, there's no danger of a blackout because it was taken offline after Kilauea began erupting on May 3. A friend wrapped a sheet around his leg and called for help.

Clinton became the first known person injured by Kilauea since its volcanic activity dramatically increased more than three weeks ago.

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. Officials are concerned that "laze", a risky product produced when hot lava hits cool ocean water, will affect residents.

Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii's Big Island, May 22, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii.

About 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east of the plant on the coast, noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and fine glasslike particles billowed into the sky as lava poured into the ocean from two lava flows.

The latest update from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that a "moderate-level eruption" of lava was continuing to flow from Kilauea.

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