Monday, 15 October, 2018

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows

Ocean Jungle Explosions New Risks From Hawaii Volcanic Eruption Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant
Glenn Montgomery | 26 May, 2018, 07:33

Deadly white clouds of acid and fine glass-like particles are hanging over Hawaii's Big Island as lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano flows into the ocean.

Methane gas from vegetation buried by lava burned blue as it erupted through cracks on Kahukai Street in Leilani Estates early Wednesday.

The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees.

"This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows", the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

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

Since Kilauea started erupting, rivers of fire have swallowed at least 40 structures and devastated a large area of Hawaii's Big Island and forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 residents.

The volcano has opened more than 20 vents in the ground that have released lava, sulfur dioxide and steam.

Clinton was seriously hurt over the weekend by the lava bomb and had nearly his entire leg shattered - from his shin to his foot, according to officials.

A lava fountain is observed from a helicopter flight over the Fissure 22 in Kilauea
A lava fountain is observed from a helicopter flight over the Fissure 22 in Kilauea

There are four fissures bursting with lava in evacuated Leilani Estates. Lava entering the ocean was also creating high levels of gas, Hawaii Civil Defense said.

"We are kind of in this steady state", said Wendy Stovall, a scientist at the U.S. Geographical Survey.

Kauahikaua said this is the second time he has seen the blue flames. The gas flows through the ground and up through existing cracks. The yard was littered every few feet with with fallen lava, but Clinton wasn't anxious about getting hit by the hunks of molten rock.

Helicopter overflight of KÄ«lauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone shows the lava channel emerging from Fissure 22 (not visible, but to the center, far right of the image).

Puna Geothermal, owned by Nevada's Ormat Technologies, was shut down shortly after Kilauea began spewing lava on May 3. Officials say the power plant is "essentially safe".

Year to date, visitation is up 25 percent compared with last year on the island, though there have been cancellations because of the eruption, he said.

"Every day we have to wash our cars and wash down the patio because the ash just covers everything", she said over the crowing of four roosters tethered to a chicken coop in the yard. The plant produces electricity by bringing steam up from underground wells and funneling it to a turbine generator.

Tourism officials cheered news that a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship that tours the Hawaiian Islands would resume stopping in Kailua-Kona next week.

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