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Comment by Boris on May 19, 2018 at 4:15am

Geothermal Power Plant in Hawaii Remains Threatened by Lava

New Fissure, 22nd Vent Located SE of Puna Geothermal

Progress made in securing Puna Geothermal Plant, but work is 'not done yet

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has reported a new fissure this morning, between fissures 19 and 20, in an area southeast of the Puna Geothermal Venture facility.

That brings the total fissure count to 22 since the eruption onset in the East Rift Zone on May 3, 2018.

The latest development comes as the eruption enters its third week.

Forty structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning.

Several fissures are active with spattering. A lava flow at fissure 17 is covering the existing lava flow, but no new advancement is occurring.

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.
  • Volcanic gas such as SO2, is especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
  • People in areas downwind of rifts may intermittently experience higher levels of fumes. People with breathing problems should avoid being outdoors and leave the area if deemed necessary.

To help residents, authorities are distributing free masks for ash protection.

  • Distribution will continue today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
  • One mask per family member.
  • Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.

  • People from Pāhoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pāhoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter.
  • The shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome.
  • All shelters are pet friendly.

Map shows the location of the lava flow spreading from fissure 17 as of 7:00 a.m. HST, May 16. The flow is following a path of steepest descent (blue line) south of a 1955 ‘a’ā flow. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015. PC: US Geological Survey.

At 7:45 a.m. HST on Thursday, May 17,, view of Halema‘uma‘u crater from the visitor viewing area in front of the Jaggar Muesum, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. A light coating of ash on the Park’s interpretative sign resulted from ash falling to the ground from explosive events of the past day. Note the contrast of the plume rising from the Overlook vent this morning (background) with the eruption column that erupted during explosive activity in May 1924 (middle photograph on sign). PC: US Geological Survey.

At 7:45 a.m. HST, only traces of ash (dark areas on white rail) remain on this fence in the Volcano Golf and Country Club Subdivsion, located 4 km (2.5 mi) from the Overlook crater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. PC: US Geological Survey

HVO geologist next to cracks on Nohea Street in Leilani Estates on Thursday morning. These cracks expanded significantly in the past day. 

Comment by Chris of the family Masters on May 18, 2018 at 11:20pm
It will release more CO2 than all human activity in years to come. "Zero emission" anyone?
Comment by Boris on May 18, 2018 at 9:38pm

Hawaii sees HUGE ERUPTION as Kilauea volcano continues to ooze with lava

"Destroying the New World Order"


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