Lava stops flowing after covering 2 geothermal wells at Puna plant

May 29, 2018, 04:18
Lava stops flowing after covering 2 geothermal wells at Puna plant

Downrift view of fissure 7 and a line of low lava fountains on Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone. "Also due to preventative measures, neither well is expected to release any hydrogen sulfide", it said.

Steve Brantley of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the flow seemed to have halted Sunday morning before it picked back up and covered the well at the plant, which lies on the southeast flank of the volcano, nestled between residential neighborhoods.

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has reached the island's Puna geothermal power plant on Sunday, covering one well and jeopardizing a second well, according to a report by the County of Hawaii Civil Defense Authority.

FEMA's David Mace says the lava breached the property overnight and is within 200 metres of one of the capped wells, Nine News reports.

Operator Ormat Technologies Inc last week said there was no above-ground damage to the plant, but it would have to wait until the situation stabilized to assess the impact of earthquakes and subterranean lava flows on the wells.

"As long as conditions are safe, we will have personnel on site", Kaleikini said. Firefighters also had to lead a man from his home near Kilauea late on Sunday after he was trapped by fast-moving lava, Hawaii News Now reported.

Infrared images reveal damage on Hawaii's Big Island

While eruptions continue at the main crater, Kilauea's lava flows have also proven extremely unsafe for bystanders and residents who refused to evacuate.

The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano was unleashed on the Big Island's Leilani Estates housing development, with the number of homes and other structures destroyed leaping to 82 from a previous count of 50, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

That's nearly 4 square miles.

Volcano Kilauea's Lava flows engulf farmland and forests at an alarming rate Mon, May 28, 2018 Volcano Kilauea's Lava continues to wreak havoc.

More residents in some sections of the Leilani Estates neighbourhood were ordered to immediately evacuate shortly before 8 p.m.

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