Stunning Aerial Footage Shows Overnight Eruption at Kilauea Volcano

Lava erupts and flows from a Kilauea volcano fissure near the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, on Hawaii's Big Island

Stunning Aerial Footage Shows Overnight Eruption at Kilauea Volcano

"County, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities", said Hawaii County Civil Defence (HCCD) in a statement, adding that "Efforts are ongoing to make sure the site is secure and the community is kept safe".

"Our foremost concern is for the residents in the affected communities".

"From our perspective, there's nothing that could occur at the PGV facility at the wells that would be any worse than what's already occurring with the eruption", Mike Kaleikini, senior director of Hawaii affairs for the plant, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Geothermal energy is also considered a clean resource as it doesn't generate greenhouse gas emissions, said Bridget Ayling, the director of Nevada's Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy.

Puna Geothermal represents about 4.5 percent of Ormat's worldwide generating capacity. Last year, the Hawaii plant generated about $11 million of net income for the company.

Kaleikini said the gases that could potentially leak from the Puna plant are no different from those coming from active fissures.

The threat of the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is driving away millions of dollars in tourism and damaging the local economy.

The National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory have issued warnings about unsafe ashfall and toxic gasses emitted from vents throughout the area.

The volcano's Puu Oo crater was releasing 200 to 300 tons (181 to 272 metric tons) a day but is no longer emitting sulfur dioxide.

Stunning Aerial Footage Shows Overnight Eruption at Kilauea Volcano

"It's nearly like catching a football", Clinton told CNN. He fell victim when a bowling-ball sized lava bomb hit him and snapped bones in his legs.

He said it was "incredibly powerful and hot".

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

"This is still the early part of the eruption, especially this second phase, which are very fluid stuff and usually an eruption, the first two or three days, the eruption rate is quite high and then it will tail off", he said.

Scientists say lava from Kilauea is causing explosions as it enters the ocean, which can look like fireworks.

About 3 miles 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 lava flows.

"The challenge with the eruption is that it is unpredictable", Ige told Hawaii News Now.

Some residents in Hawaii's Big Island are standing their ground against the fury of the Kilauea volcano as they try to protect their properties and their lives.

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