Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hawaii's volcanic smog blankets Marshall Islands

Hawaii's volcanic smog blankets Marshall Islands

Kilauea's developing eruption also spurred officials in Guam, the USA overseas territory 4,000 miles away from Hawaii, to warn locals suffering from respiratory issues to "stay indoors" for as long as volcanic haze remains visible from the island.

The lava flows from Kilauea are still ongoing, and as the molten rock spews forth volcanic gasses and ash come along with it.

Residents have complained of health hazards from emissions from the plant since it went online in 1989 and PGV has been the target of lawsuits challenging its location on the flank of one of the world's most active volcanoes.

The Hawaii Civil Defence Agency said lava from Kilauea has covered a potentially explosive well at a geothermal power station and is threatening another, after flowing onto the site.

Hawaii residents refer to the haze caused by volcanic eruptions on the Big Island as "vog", a phenomenon now being experienced in the Marshall Islands, more than 2,300 miles to the southwest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Winds are set to shift on Monday and Tuesday, causing higher concentrations of ash and volcanic smog that will spread west and northwest to affect more populated areas, Bravender said.

"One of the fountains was going up to 60 yards high". When the lava meets the ocean - as it has at multiple points along the island's coastline - it creates huge amounts of steam and gas that further hinders visibility. It added that the wells "are stable and secure", but lava has never engulfed a geothermal plant anywhere in the world and the potential threat is untested. Its operator, Israeli-controlled Ormat Technologies Inc, said it had not been able to assess the damage.

Contingency plans have been made for a possible helicopter evacuation of up to 1,000 residents in a coastal area south of the fissures should their last exit route, State Highway 130, become blocked by lava or become unsafe due to gaping cracks, County of Hawaii officials said.

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