Injured man: Volcano lava bomb "snapped my leg in half"


Injured man: Volcano lava bomb

This stunning aerial footage shows the ongoing eruption at Kilauea Volcano overnight on Tuesday, May 22. The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power.

Workers at the closed Puna Geothermal Venture, which provided around 25 percent of electricity on Hawaii's Big Island, worked to cap the last of three pressurized wells to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled release of toxic gases should they be inundated by lava.

Lava destroyed a building near the plant late Monday, bringing the total number of structures overtaken in the past several weeks to almost 50, including dozens of homes.

Native Hawaiians have long expressed frustration with the plant since it came online in 1989; they say it is built on sacred land.

"I'm good on the lava, yeah", he said.

Officials shut down Puna Geothermal shortly after Kilauea began erupting on May 3. Fissure 17, at the northeastern end of the fissure system, is only weakly active now.

That information includes detecting active fissures and fires, the height and composition of volcanic plumes, ground "deformation" caused by the movement of magma and images of ash and sulfur dioxide plumes, NASA said in their release. Kilauea's summit is now belching 15,000 tons (13,607 metric tons) of the gas each day up from 6,000 tons (5443 metric tons) daily prior to the May 3 eruption.

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Getty Authorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous"laze fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea

'"That didn't just happen" was my first thought, ' he told CNN from his hospital bed on Tuesday.

Scientists say the methane can seep through cracks several feet away from the lava.

"It's nearly like catching a football", Clinton told CNN. Doctors saved his leg, but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks.

Thousands of Big Island residents who were living near the lava flows have already evacuated the area to escape the lava flows and noxious sulfur dioxide gases rising from the vents.

Created by chemical reactions as hot lava boils seawater to dryness, the plume is described as "an irritating mixture of hydrochloric acid gas (HCl), steam, and tiny volcanic glass particles". But geologists warn this eruption has weeks to go with significant unpredictability.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said Wednesday that lava erupting from a vent closest to Puna Geothermal Venture is shooting higher than lava coming out of other vents.



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