HAWAII POWER PLANT IN JEOPARDY AS LAVA FROM KILAUEA VOLCANO CREEPS CLOSER | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

HAWAII POWER PLANT IN JEOPARDY AS LAVA FROM KILAUEA VOLCANO CREEPS CLOSER

Following significant activity from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, a geothermal power plant under threat of encroaching lava has plugged its production wells in order to prevent the release of toxic gases. Since the onset of volcanic activity, the Puna Geothermal has been a point of concern for citizens who fear heat generated could interact with chemicals used or toxic substances could be released.

Ten wells at the plant had to be “quenched,” or cooled down with cold water in order to fend off the volcanic pressure from below. Gas levels are being monitored closely, and any abnormal spike in such levels could potentially prompt a mass evacuation due to potential meltdown conditions being reached at the plant.

The plant has been a point of contention amongst citizens since its creation in 1998, as it is believed by many to be built on sacred land. However, scientists claim the location of the plant makes it primed to harness renewable energy from the earth.

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