It was the projectiles from the lava fountains they had to watch for, and they had learned to judge their arc as they sailed through the air, pushed by the wind. Even the smoke rising from the lava appears to take on a red tinge as it plumes into the sky.
"Fissures near Puna Geothermal Venture are active and producing lava slowly flowing onto the property", Civil Defense said in a statement. The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power.
Lava flowing from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has claimed another structure, this one close to a geothermal plant. Other residents have voiced concerns over health and safety. It is responsible for 4.5% of Ormat's total geothermal power production worldwide.
Living on the slopes of one of the world's most active volcanoes meant it was hardly their first brush with lava, Clinton would later say.
Kilauea's summit is now belching 15,000 tons (13,607 metric tons) of the gas each day, up from 6,000 tons (5,443 metric tons) daily prior to the May 3 eruption.
"It's nearly like catching a football", Clinton told CNN. It hit him above the ankle.
Doctors say he should be able to walk again, but can't put pressure on his injured leg for the next six weeks.
Clinton was the first to suffer a major injury because of the eruption.
Kilauea's latest eruptive episode has upended life on parts of the Big Island since April 30, when the floor of the Puu Oo Crater, on the volcano's East Rift Zone, collapsed and sent its pool of lava back underground. Lava flowing from the volcano recently reached the ocean, causing a risky lava-haze phenomena known as ' laze' that sends acid- and glass-laced steam shooting into the air, creating yet another hazard for those downwind of the lava's ocean entry point.
Authorities also were monitoring hazards from noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and fine glasslike particles - called laze - emitted when lava flows pour into the ocean on the island's southern end.
Geologists say Kilauea has since entered a more violent phase, in which larger volumes of molten rock are oozing from the ground and traveling farther than before.
"I think the biggest worry for us is based on the geologic history of this volcano - is that the current fissure activity could actually become a bit larger", said geologist Steve Brantley from the U.S. Geological Survey.
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