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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hawaii Volcano Threatens Geothermal Power Plant, More Evacuations May Be Necessary


Hawaii's governor warned mass evacuations might be needed as the Kilauea volcano’s eruption became more violent. A new fissure opened on Wednesday about half a mile from a geothermal power plant, prompting the governor to set up an emergency task force to remove the pentane used in the plant’s turbines. He cited estimates that if the fluid ignites, the explosion could create a blast radius of up to one mile. The plant sits at the edge of the Leilani Estates residential area on Hawaii’s Big Island where lava from 15 volcanic fissures has already destroyed 36 structures and forced the evacuation of around 2,000 residents. The lower Puna District is home to many thousands of residents. The governor said a mass evacuation would be "beyond current county and state capabilities." He has sent a request for federal disaster assistance. https://ift.tt/2rzec6S http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com

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