Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Lava in Hawaii so widespread it can be seen from space

Lava in Hawaii so widespread it can be seen from space

The Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said the wells "are stable and secure", and Hawaii Governor David Ige said that the plant was "sufficiently safe" from the lava that has plowed through backyards and streets and burned dozens of homes.

Kilauea is the world's most active volcano and one of 5 on Hawaii's Big Island. As USGS officials explain, "methane gas can seep into subsurface voids and explode when heated, or as shown in this video, emerge from cracks in the ground several feet away from the lava".

Massiva lava fountains shoot out from active fissures along Kilauea's east rift zone in lower Puna
Massiva lava fountains shoot out from active fissures along Kilauea's east rift zone in lower Puna

The helicopters can each carry up to 43 passengers and together can evacuate about 400 people in four hours, said Maj. "Trade winds are expected to diminish Sunday evening, which could expand the area impacted by vog", it said in a statement.

The Israeli-owned 38-megawatt plant typically provides around 25pc of electricity on the Big Island. It can cause respiratory illness.

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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the Halemaumau crater is producing small bursts of volcanic ash. "Volcanic gas emissions at the summit remain high".

Satellite imagery and analytics firm DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, directed its cameras over a large portion of the lava flow on May 23, including a close up of the imperiled Puna Geothermal power plant.

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"The flow from fissures 21 and 7 was widening and advancing", Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for the County of Hawaii, said on the position of lava heading northeast towards PGV.

However, Art Technica website warned Sunday noon that since no modern geothermal plant has suffered lava damage, so there's no precedent for this situation and many officials are concerned the damage would result in releases of hydrogen sulfide gas, which is toxic to humans.

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