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Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant

24 May 2018

Lava destroyed a building near the plant late Monday, bringing the total number of structures overtaken in the past several weeks to almost 50, including dozens of homes. The observatory said in a release that the volcano's fissures were actively expelling lava during the period in which the time-lapse footage was shot.

Kilauea began erupting lava in a residential neighborhood on May 3.

Kilauea's eruption on the Big Island began on May 3 at a distance of 24 kilometers from the plant.

Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaiis Big Island
Mario Tama Getty Images Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii's Big Island

Officials with Hawaii Electric Light (HEL) on May 23 said the Puna Geothermal Venture power plant is secure, and that even if lava from the Kilauea eruption damages or destroys the facility, there is no danger of a blackout on the island because older, diesel-fueled plants have been brought online to provide electricity.

Emissions of sulphur dioxide gas, harmful if inhaled, also remained at high levels from newly opened lava-spewing fissures in the ground running through populated areas on the eastern flank of the volcano, authorities said.

The molten rock - flowing into the ocean, as residents cope with lava bombs, toxic gas, and a deadly, airborne mix of hydrochloric acid and glass particles.

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Puna Geothermal is owned by Nevada-based Ormat Technologies. The lava approached the southernmost point of the station's boundaries and a disused building belonging to the University of Hawaii caught fire, it stated.

The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power, providing for about 25 percent of the island's daily energy demand. It can also cause explosions when it's ignited while trapped underground. Officials earlier this month removed 50,000 gallons of pentane from the plant to reduce the possibility of explosions. He says that the risk of getting hurt was low enough the whole time to stay and put out fires that would have consumed the homes.

The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. One person was seriously injured after being hit by a flying piece of lava.

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"I don't know if I was in shock", Clinton said.

Scientists say the methane can seep through cracks several feet away from the lava.

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Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant