Fast-moving Hawaii lava prompts evacuation concerns geothermal installation property



Hawaii volcano lava crosses on geothermal installation property

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has crossed onto the property of a geothermal power plant, a concern that wells in the plants can be torn.

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano covered one of the pits on the island geothermal power plant, in which the fears of a toxic gas leak as authorities urge residents to evacuate Leilani Estates as a result of fast moving currents.

A well at Puna Geothermal Venture, known as PGV, was successfully connected before the molten rock reaches the Sunday evening, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said. A second and that is 100 metres away, is also stable and secure.

“Nor is expected if a release of hydrogen sulfide. The public will be kept informed of the situation,” the civil defense agency tweeted.

With the Crack 7, lava fountains reach 150 metres high during the night hours, Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone.

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Residents are concerned about the lava burst wells at the plant, causing deadly hydrogen sulfide and other gases to be emitted, Reuters reported. Authorities have already shut down the plant and removed of 60,000 litres of flammable liquid at the start of the volcanic activity. The wells were also turned off.

“I think it’s safe to say the authorities are concerned about the lava stream on the plant property since the eruption started,” David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said.

Spectators gather at the foot of the lava bed, as a lava shoot molten rock into the air, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa.


Officials, however, said they are monitoring the lava and his staff on the ground to prevent a potentially fatal disaster.

Fast-moving lava flows, the most important problem for the residents in Leilani Estates. Authorities urged people Sunday night for the evacuation of the community immediately because of the lava flows from the Fissure 7. Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped when lava cut off his house around 8 pm on Sunday. The man, who is not wounded, was led off the field by means of a back-route, Hawaii News Now reported.

A 24 crevice opened in Leilani Estates on Sunday, more than three weeks after the eruption of the volcano started. At least 82 structures including dozens of houses were destroyed. A man is injured by the lava splashes.

The residents, the media, and the national guard en masse to what is now the end of Leilani Avenue to take in the fiery show on fissures 2, 7, and 8 of the Kilauea volcano near Pahoa.


The volcanic activity has also led to numerous health problems for the residents on the Big Island. On the top of a lava, ash clouds and plumes of deadly laze (lava and haze), officials are also warning about a vog, or volcanic smog.

Scientists say that a higher sulphur dioxide emissions on the volcano’s openings in the past few days are creating the potential for heavier than normal vog. So far the trade winds are usually blowing the gray haze offshore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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