Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Lava threatens more wells at Hawaii plant

Lava threatens more wells at Hawaii plant

It's been four weeks since the first eruptions from the Kilauea volcano rocked Hawaii's Big Island, and the lava is as relentless as ever.

Scientists believe that volcanic activity can be a precursor to a major eruption, similar to the Kilauea eruption in the mid-1920s.

"I've seen some article that have talked about this becoming a Mount St. Helens and that will never happen".

Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano has threatened to cover more wells at a geothermal power station as a fresh blast from the crater sent an ash plume nearly 15,000 feet (4600m) into the sky.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has chose to focus on two target contributors to the Hawaii market, the United States and Japan.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found here.

In a statement from Mufi Hannemann of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, he says, "Given how the Big Island is being portrayed through the media globally, it is no surprise that we are seeing a decrease in travel and hotel reservations".

"The impact of this is absolutely devastating", CNN correspondent Scott McLean reported from the scene as hot lava poured into the ocean.

"You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation", the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned.

"Persons in violation of this order are subject to arrest and will be liable for any costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area", the county said on its website.

On top of all that, the USGS said ash was still erupting intermittently from Kilauea's summit.

May 31 photograph showing lava from fissure 8 advances on Kahukai Street, the flow being as much as 3.5 yards in height.

The risky fibers - named after Hawaiian fire and volcano goddess Pele - are produced when lava splatter droplets cools rapidly in the air and can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

Volcanic gas emissions remain high from the eruption.

Although the haze does not contain sulfur dioxide or other toxic chemicals, a NWS official told NPR the particles in the air can still be harmful to people with sensitive respiratory systems.

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanos.

The number of people affected by Wednesday's evacuations was not precisely known, but Kapoho and Vacationland together encompass about 500 homes, mostly vacation rentals, according to Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno.

Winds are set to shift on Monday and Tuesday, causing higher concentrations of ash and volcanic smog that will spread west and north-west to affect more populated areas, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender.

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