These were new risks geologists warned of on Tuesday as Kilauea's 19-day eruption showed no sign of easing, with repeated explosions at its summit and fountains of lava up to 160 feet from giant cracks or fissures on its flank.
Kilauea volcano has already laid waste to dozens of homes this month, triggering earthquakes, releasing lethal gases and setting forests ablaze, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
However, stream of red-hot lava destroyed a former geothermal project site adjacent to the PGV grounds, civil defense said.
The lava flow entered the 800-acre property of the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant on Monday and had stalled at a swale about 300 yards from the nearest underground well. A metal cap has been added on top as an additional measure.
But first of all, the Kilauea eruption began to pick up steam a few days ago, creating a new hazard of "toxic steam" as the red-hot rock interacts with the Pacific Ocean; and secondly, the lava changed direction.
Officials shut down Puna Geothermal shortly after the current eruption began.
Wells are hurriedly plugged at Hawaii power plant under threat of lava flow
The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power, providing for about 25 percent of the island's daily energy demand.
"It was super painful and I don't know if I was in shock", Clinton said. A friend wrapped a sheet around his leg and called for help.
Doctors at Hilo Medical Center, where Clinton remains under medical care, were able to save the injured leg, KHON 2 reports - which makes him lucky.
The latest explosive eruption at the Kilauea summit at around 1 a.m. (6 a.m. EST) sent a plume of ash over Hawaii's Big Island, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported in a statement. The air, especially in the southern part of the island, is increasingly risky. Officials are concerned that "laze", a unsafe product produced when hot lava hits cool ocean water, will affect residents.
The molten rock - flowing into the ocean, as residents cope with lava bombs, toxic gas, and a deadly, airborne mix of hydrochloric acid and glass particles.
Beyond the immediate fire danger from the lava, high levels of sulfur dioxide spewing from the volcano pose a serious threat to children, elderly people, and people with respiratory issues, the United States Geological Survey said.More news: M&S reveals another year of falling profits
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