The Big Island of Hawaii is still under threat from the Kilauea volcano. Authorities are especially concerned about how flowing lava could affect Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), a plant that provides at least one-quarter of the Big Island’s daily energy needs via geothermal wells.  Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that authorities are monitoring the flow of lava and the threat to the plant. He said that ten
wells have been cooled with cold water to counter the pressure from rising volcanic steam. One other well was plugged with mud. “We do believe that all 11 wells are stable and the risk to the uncontrollable release of hydrogen sulfide has been mitigated,” he said. Since the eruption began May 3, sulfur dioxide emissions have more than doubled. The air, especially in the southern part of the island, is increasingly dangerous. Authorities have already forced more than 2,000 people to evacuate. READ MORE

Gas emissions tripled, blue burning flame of methane gas observed, Hawaii
The moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the central and northeast end of the active fissure system. Volcanic gas emissions have tripled as a result of the voluminous eruptions from the erupting fissures so SO2 concentrations are likely elevated to higher levels throughout the area downwind of the vents. Residents in lower Puna should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and messages. Fissure 6 through 22 continued erupting lava fountains on May 23 and 24, 2018. The fountains from Fissure 22 feed a single lava channel that reaches the coast just north of MacKenzie State Park. The actual point of entry has continued shifting to the west. Fountains erupted from Fissures 5, 6, 13, and 19 continued to feed a lava flow advancing to the south along the west side of the Fissure 22 flows and may reach the ocean in the hours ahead. READ MORE