Timelapse shows the dramatic glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as eruption continues

Lynette Rowe
May 24, 2018

Ten wells were "quenched", which cools them with cold water, and the last was plugged with mud.

A 57-year-old man has become to first person to be injured since Hawaii's Kilauea started spewing molten lava almost three weeks ago.

The Puna Geothermal Venture in Hawaii is secure, and if lava did encroach on it the danger of a toxic gas release is "very low", authorities said.

However, stream of red-hot lava destroyed a former geothermal project site adjacent to the PGV grounds, civil defense said. A metal cap has been added on top as an additional measure. That steam is then directed into a turbine generator that produces electricity, according to Hawaiian Electric. Officials earlier this month removed 50,000 gallons of pentane from the plant to reduce the possibility of explosions.

Kilauea began erupting lava in a residential neighborhood on May 3.

The facility also received a respite from Mother Nature. But Kilauea's activity ratcheted up considerably on May 3 after an quake rattled the region; lava began spilling from newly created fissures and spreading through neighborhoods, turning parts of the Big Island into disaster zones.

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"It's nearly like catching a football", Clinton told CNN, who interviewed him on Friday, before he was hit by a lava bomb. Doctors saved his leg, but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks.

Darryl Clinton told the Honolulu television station KHON that he was on the roof of a home helping to put out fires from flying rocks when an explosion several hundred yards away launched a "lava bomb" that hit him above the ankle.

That prompted safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline. Lava flowing from the volcano recently reached the ocean, causing a risky 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.

About 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east of the plant on the coast, noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and fine glasslike particles billowed into the sky as lava poured into the ocean from two lava flows.

Geologists say Kilauea has since entered a more violent phase, in which larger volumes of molten rock are oozing from the ground and traveling farther than before.

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