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

Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured from harmBy Marco Garcia VOLCANO, Hawaii (Reuters) – The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii’s Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been secured from approaching lava. 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. The Hawaii County Civil Defense agency warned in its latest bulletin that residents downwind of Kilauea should take care to avoid exposure to ash, which can cause eye irritation and breathing difficulties, particularly in people with respiratory problems.


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6 oddly mesmerizing live videos of lava gushing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

6 oddly mesmerizing live videos of lava gushing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcanoLike moths to a flame, humans are frequently most attracted to what we know is dangerous. And there is no better example of this than the strange, alluring beauty of the lava spewing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano this May. On May 4, fissures along the east of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano ripped opened, releasing bubbling lava onto the landscape. It was just the first of many fissures that would rupture over the month and could continue for months to come. On May 17, an explosive blast erupted from Kilauea. SEE ALSO: An astronaut saw Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture. On Saturday, officials reported the first known injury after Kilauea’s eruption, when lava splatter hit a man standing on his balcony.
The Washington Post followed up on Monday with report that dozens of homes have been destroyed as lava pours out of fissures along Kilauea’s rift zone. And in addition to contact with lava or lava splatter, residents must also beware of laze, toxic gas filled with glass and acid that results when lava meets the ocean. But somehow, even with the danger that lava brings, watching the fiery substance surge, bubble, and burst (from a safe distance of course) can be calming, peaceful, and, dare we say it, beautiful. Here are six oddly mesmerizing live streams of lava from Kilauea that you won’t be able to look away from. 1. Lava spews from Hawaii volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii CNN’s Tuesday live stream of the blast lava in Hawaii is a study in color.  For five hours, the network hosted a Facebook Live of Kilauea’s lava spouting into the air. But as the bright orange flames dye the Hawaiian night sky with an orange hue, it’s hard not to get lost into the fearsome display of the scene in Pahoa. 2. Kilauea lava flow activity in Lower Puna, Hawaii You’ve never seen a sunrise like this. On Monday, the Honolulu Civil Beat uploaded a live stream showing Kilauea’s lava activity in Lower Puna, Hawaii as the sun rises and day breaks. The stream is a little over five hours, which means users can watch the sky go from night to day, all while the lava flow remains constant in the background. One of the most serene parts of the video is actually at the start of the live stream, when a rooster crows, birds chirp, and thunder claps while the lava continues its fearsome display in the background.  TBH, it’s like listening to soothing ambient nature sounds but with a terrifying twist. 3. Lava spews from kilauea fissure in Hawaii On Monday, NBC News Affiliate KHNL offered yet another serene look at the volcanic activity in Hawaii with a roughly two hour live stream (with some breaks) of lava from Kilauea.  Over the course of the stream, the camera cuts to different angles of the lava, providing both a sense of scale of the eruption and its effects on the Hawaiian landscape. 4. Kilauea Lava Erupting In Lower Puna On Thursday night and into Friday morning, the Honolulu Civil Beat live-streamed lava from Kilauea shooting into the air in Lower Puna.  But what’s notable about the stream is its framing. The video opens with the black backdrop of night, but in the center of the video, shining like a beacon, is Kilauea’s lava gushing into the air. The result is a live stream that feels oddly cozy, like that feeling you get when sitting around a campfire at night. 5. Kilauea Lava Flow Fissure 16 On May 14, days before Kilauea’s first explosive blast, the Honolulu Civil Beat uploaded a video showing lava activity at a fissure along the volcano.  Over the course of 14 minutes, users are treated to a close up, high-definition peek at Kilauea’s lava spurting and oozing into the air. But the visible details of the lava, like the molten rock’s ridged-looking edges as it gushes into the air, somehow makes the display calming rather than frightening, like ASMR but with flames. 6. Inside Halema‘uma‘u  Lava Lake Lava doesn’t need to be cascading into the air for it to be beautiful.  On May 9, the Honolulu Civil Beat shared a video, curtesy of the United States Geological Survey, of a lava lake in the Halema‘uma‘u crater on Kilauea. Though only 39 seconds, the video gives brief yet unforgettable glimpse at the bubbling lava pooled inside the volcano, a notable contrast to the volcanic blasts we typically think of when we imagine lava. So yes, lava is dangerous. But, if you can find the right view, it can also be meditative too. WATCH: Get lost watching this mesmerizing lava gush and cool


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Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption

Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruptionBy Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) – Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters. Inland, where molten rock is burning through jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times. Lava edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying an old warehouse near the facility, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said.


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Hawaii volcano latest: Molten lava flows onto power plant site amid fears over deadly gases

Hawaii volcano latest: Molten lava flows onto power plant site amid fears over deadly gasesMolten lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano crept onto the site of geothermal power plant as workers raced to shut down facilities, amid fears that deadly gases could be released. Crews worked to cap underground wells at the plant, which provides a quarter of Big Island’s power, as the molten rock destroyed a warehouse a few hundred metres away. If lava enters the wells at the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, it could trigger the uncontrollable release of noxious sulphates, officials have warned.


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Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant

  1. Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant  Reuters
  2. Kilauea’s Wrath Threatens Power Plant — And Hawaii’s Most Powerful Industry  NPR
  3. Hawaiian Authorities Work to Protect Power Plant From Lava Flow  Wall Street Journal
  4. Your friends in Hawaii are probably safe from the volcano on the Big Island. Here’s why.  Seattle Times
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Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant

Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plantBy Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) – 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. Workers at the now closed Puna Geothermal Venture, which provided around 25 percent of electricity on Hawaii’s Big Island, scrambled to cap the last of three deep wells to reduce the risks of an uncontrolled release of toxic gases should they be inundated by lava. The race at the site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea’s summit and from giant volcanic cracks or fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern flank.


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Deadly lava is tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano's violent eruption continues — here are the latest images

  1. Deadly lava is tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano’s violent eruption continues — here are the latest images  Business Insider
  2. New eruptions at Hawaii volcano send lava closer to power plant: ‘No one has faced this before’  USA TODAY
  3. Kilauea’s Wrath Threatens Power Plant — And Hawaii’s Most Powerful Industry  NPR
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New eruptions at Hawaii volcano send lava closer to power plant: 'No one has faced this before'

Civil defense authorities in Hawaii were scrambling to firm up contingency plans after lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano reached the edge of a power plant. The lava flow entered the property of the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant before stalling at a berm 300 yards from a geothermal well.

     

 

 


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Hawaii volcano producing toxic lava haze plume called 'laze'

  1. Hawaii volcano producing toxic lava haze plume called ‘laze’  Yahoo News
  2. Another explosive eruption spews ash above Big Isle  Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  3. Hawaii on edge as lava reaches power plant: ‘No one has faced this before’  USA TODAY
  4. As lava pours into the ocean from Hawaii’s Kilauea, a new risk surfaces: laze  Los Angeles Times
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