Hawaii volcano eruption: Astonishing pictures as Kilauea volcano gushes lava fountains

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

But Kilauea's activity ratcheted up considerably on May 3 after an quake rattled the region; lava began spilling from newly created fissures and spreading through neighborhoods, turning parts of the Big Island into disaster zones. While one might expect the volcano and lava to produce a red glow, the camera used to shoot the video had its infrared filter removed, causing the glow to appear more white and blue than red. Metal plugs in the wells, which run as deep as 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) underground, are an additional stopgap measure.

"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.

After quenching and plugging, the wells "are stable at this point", Hawaii Governor David Ige said, according to the Associated Press.

Ormat said in a May 15 statement that there was a low risk of surface lava making its way to the facility.

At least 47 homes and other structures have been destroyed by almost two dozen fissures in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday by flying lava. The building was owned by the state and was used in geothermal research projects in the early days of the site. Ormat is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and shares have fallen almost 10 percent since Kilauea began erupting. Fountains erupt from vents along fissures within active lava lakes.

Hawaii volcano eruption latest
Gemini Observatory Hawaii volcano eruption latest Lava flows continue to run into the Pacific Ocean

Authorities also said that emissions of sulfur dioxide gas, harmful if inhaled, remained at high levels from newly opened lava-spewing fissures in the ground running through populated areas on the eastern flank of the volcano.

Hawaii man Darryl Clinton has told how molten rock almost sheared his leg in half when he was hit over the weekend.

Darryl Clinton told the Honolulu television station KHON that he was on the roof of a home helping to put out fires from flying rocks when an explosion several hundred yards away launched a "lava bomb" that hit him above the ankle.

Clinton said doctors saved his leg, but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks.

About 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east of the plant on the coast, noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and fine glass-like particles billowed into the sky as lava poured into the ocean from two flows.

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