A new lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying a warehouse at the facility, after the volcano entered a more violent phase at the weekend. "They are receiving all available support from government agencies and officials to cope with the volcano activity and carry on with their lives as best as possible", Ige said. The plant has capacity to produce 38 megawatts of electricity, providing roughly one-quarter of the Big Island's daily energy demand. 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.
Puna Geothermal, owned by Nevada's Ormat Technologies, was shut down shortly after Kilauea began spewing lava on May 3. The remarkable footage was taken May 22 in the vicinity of the Puna Geothermal Venture, a plant that brings steam to the surface by way of several underground wells. A flammable gas called pentane is used as part of the process, though officials earlier this month removed 50,000 gallons (190,000 liters) of it from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.
However, stream of red-hot lava destroyed a former geothermal project site adjacent to the PGV grounds, civil defense said.
At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area of the Puna district, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday when a plate-sized chunk of molten shot out of a fissure and struck him on the leg. Pele, the goddess of fire, is believed to live on Kilauea, and the plant is thought by certain elements to desecrate her name, the Associated Press reports. It is responsible for 4.5% of Ormat's total geothermal power production worldwide.
On Tuesday, Kilauea sent an ash plume thousands of feet into the sky, creating more havoc on the Big Island.
EPALava beginning to explode when it hits the sea shooting rock fragments which are a danger to boats
Actually, Kilauea began erupting not on May 3 but in 1983. 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.
Hawaii man Darryl Clinton has told how molten rock almost sheared his leg in half when he was hit over the weekend.
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.
Kilauea sparked new safety warnings on Monday about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava flowing into the ocean set off a chemical reaction.
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