Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Blue flames join the lava light show on Hawaii during Kilauea eruption

Deadly lava is tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano's violent eruption continues — here are the latest images Wells are hurriedly plugged at Hawaii power plant under threat of lava flow
Edward Snyder | 24 May, 2018, 14:40

The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees.

A photo shared by the United States Geological Survey shows striking blue flames peeking through the cracks of the street.

Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3 as it began extruding lava and sulphur dioxide emissions through a series of fissures, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued almost non-stop for 35 years. It has since opened more than 20 vents releasing lava, sulfur dioxide and steam.

Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue methane flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes lava in the background.

The governor said "as of today, 10 of 11 wells are quenched and are stable, and 11th well is plugged and the pressure in the well has diminished to the point that we believe it's stable", Ige said. A metal cap has been added on top as an additional measure.

May 3 was also when Puna Geothermal, owned by Nevada's Ormat Technologies, was shut down. That lava is now traveling underground. within the East Rift Zone in Leilani Estates.




On Tuesday, officials finished stabilizing wells that bring up hot liquid and steam to feed a turbine generator.

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. Officials, however, have not discussed specific scenarios that would lead to such an emergency. Lava has burned and buried more than a dozen homes in the community, and 1,700 people have fled.

Accumulations of cooled, hardened lava created a thick, 30-foot (9.14-metre) high wall of solid volcanic rock channelling fresh lava streams from fissures to the south, away from the PGV plant, USGS scientists said.

A man named Darryl Clinton was left seriously injured after being hit by a lava bomb while he was sitting in his porch at the weekend, according to Hawaii County Civil Defence Administrator Talmadge Magno.

Doctors were able to save his leg, but he must stay off of it for six weeks.

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