Hawaii Volcano Spawns New Fissure Near Geothermal Plant
May 14, 2018
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spawned a new lava fissure Saturday, emitting minor lava spatter less than a mile from a geothermal energy plant. The U.S. Geological Survey said 16 fissures have now opened up on the Big Island. The latest arose around 6:45 a.m.
Editor's Take:NBC reports that workers at Ormat Technologies' Puna Geothermal Plant on the Big Island of Hawaii are taking precautionary measures after a new volcanic fissure opened up near the facility. Earthquakes started on the island April 30, and it was soon followed by volcanic activity.Big Island Now published the following statement from Michael Kaleikini, senior director, Hawai‘i Affairs Ormat Technologies Inc. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Leilani volcanic eruption. Safety has been and always will be PGV’s top priority and we are sparing no resources to ensure the safety of our employees and of the surrounding communities.
After the frequency of earthquakes increased dramatically, plant personnel closed and secured the facility per the emergency response plan.
As part of that, we have done the following:
We shut down the power plant and the geothermal wells have all been shut down.
All pentane, a flammable fluid used in the electricity generation process, has been removed from the site and is safely stored off-site.
Plant personnel is on site around the clock, monitoring and ensuring safety. PGV personnel have been and continue to be in close communications with the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Administrator, Civil Defense and Mayor Harry Kim regarding the PGV facility. PGV is supplying portable air monitors to the first responders in the area and working with Pu‘uhonua O Puna and American Red Cross aiding in disaster relief.