Lava destroys warehouse at power plant site

Blackout not expected in Hawaii even if lava reaches power plant, officials say

Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow: Wells Capped at Power Plant that Locals Say Desecrates Goddess of Fire

The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power.

New footage from the Hawaii Army National Guard paints a stark picture of Puna, Hawaii, as the lava flows burn bright red in the darkness of night.

The state has pumped cold water into the wells and capped them with iron plugs.

"We're providing actionable scientific products to teams on the ground to support response activities and fill any gaps they may have in their information as the disaster is evolving", Struve said. 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. 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 the gas from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.

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

The plant's owner, Ormat Industries, sent a soothing message to investors just a week ago, but now the lava has arrived.

At least 47 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 by flying lava.

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Puna Geothermal represents about 4.5 percent of Ormat's worldwide generating capacity. Fountains erupt from vents along fissures within active lava lakes.

On the volcano's east flank, almost two-dozen fissures are producing 15,000 tons a day of toxic sulfur dioxide, a level "much higher than seen in recent times", Bravender said.

The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea - one before dawn and another several hours later - came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Underscoring the eruption's dangers, a Hawaii man was hit by a flying piece of lava over the weekend said the molten rock almost sheared his leg in half.

Mr Clinton, who was the first person to suffer a major injury at the hands of the eruption, said doctors saved his leg but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks.

Scientists say lava from Kilauea is causing explosions as it enters the ocean, which can look like fireworks. Laze, a word combination of lava and haze, contains hydrochloric acid steam along with volcanic glass particles.

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