Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured from harm

Is Hawaii volcano still erupting today

We have been following the eruptions of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, and noted in an earlier report that thousands of gallons of flammable liquid was being removed from a nearby geothermal power plant as a protective measure. The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power.

"The largest volume of lava is flowing away from the plant", Hawaii Gov. David Ige said.

Workers at the closed Puna Geothermal Venture, which provided around 25 percent of electricity on Hawaii's Big Island, worked to cap the last of three pressurized wells to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled release of toxic gases should they be inundated by lava.

Lava has destroyed almost 50 buildings, including one near the plant, since the eruption began about three weeks ago.

Native Hawaiians have long expressed frustration with the plant since it came online in 1989; they say it is built on sacred land.

He said doctors had to pick sharp, hardened fragments of lava out of the wound, but the prognosis is good for his friend.

The volcano has also fed a phenomenon called vog, a hazy mix of sulfur dioxide, aerosols, moisture and dust, with fine particles that can travel deep into lungs, the USGS said.

Is Hawaii volcano still erupting
Getty Authorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous"laze fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea

Of the 22 fissures, six are now active.

Before the Leilani Estates eruption, the volcano's summit had been releasing an average of 3,000 to 6,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each day.

A man was seriously injured on Saturday by a flying lava bomb as he was sitting on his balcony.

'"That didn't just happen" was my first thought, ' he told CNN from his hospital bed on Tuesday.

"Its nearly like catching a football", Clinton told CNN, who interviewed him on Friday, before he was hit by a lava bomb.

It's just the latest hazard from a weeks-old eruption that has so far generated earthquakes and featured gushing molten rock, giant ash plumes and sulfur dioxide. Lava flowing from the volcano recently reached the ocean, causing a unsafe lava-haze phenomena known as ' laze' that sends acid- and glass-laced steam shooting into the air, creating yet another hazard for those downwind of the lava's ocean entry point.

Photographs by astronauts aboard the International Space Station have also helped researchers and responders better understand the outburst, as has data contributed by the European and Japanese space agencies, NASA officials said.

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