Hawaii National Guard Presence Builds As Lava Nears Geothermal Power Plant

Update: For some context of what is going on in Hawaii, here is NBC's latest live shot - not a green screen...

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Via Intellihub.com,

The situation on the Big Island is changing rapidly as Mount Kilauea spews more lava and gas threatening life in the region...

National Guard presence on the island is high as molten lava has made its way within a few hundred yards of Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant which government insiders have already warned may explode.

RT reports that the geothermal power plant has been forced to completely shut down after Hawaii's Kilauea volcano entered a more violent stage, shooting fountains of red into the vicinity and threatening the release of toxic gases from the site.

Crews at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant worked overnight to cap the 11th and final well at the site, which provides 25 percent of the Big Island's power.

The wells run 6,000 to 8,000 feet (1,829-2,438 meters) underground to tap into extremely hot water and steam used to run turbines and produce electricity.

The capping is the latest measure to be taken at the plant, which has been closed since Kilauea first erupted on May 3. Authorities previously removed the highly flammable chemical pentane from the site.

“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,” county officials said, as quoted by Reuters.

As Intellihub reported on 18 May:

The highly-controversial Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) geothermal power plant has become a major issue of concern among U.S. government insiders who fear an imminent explosion of the plant may cause a massive tsunami and wreak havoc in the region due to the recent uptick in volcanic activity on Mount Kilauea.

What officials aren’t telling you is that PGV usually contains tens of thousands of gallons of highly flammable solvents which it uses to power its turbines.

If earthquakes, eruptions, or fire cause this solvent to ignite it would trigger a massive explosion which National Guard/Civil Defense whistle-blowers fear will cause a massive tidal wave which would, in turn, threaten the Hawaiian Islands and the lives of people in the region. Although 60,000 gallons of the solvent was removed from the site last week, there is still a chance that capped underground geothermal well chambers which contain gasses may explode.

Now that the lava flow has made its way within a few hundred yards of the plant it only stands to reason the National Guard would be fully prepared to handle the disaster if one were to occur.

Comments

Ristretto X4 StackShinyStuff Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:03 Permalink

" The wells run 6,000 to 8,000 feet (1,829-2,438 meters) underground to tap into extremely hot water and steam used to run turbines and produce electricity."

OR IS IT...

"PGV usually contains tens of thousands of gallons of highly flammable solvents which it uses to power its turbines."

 

Sure, my car is run on unicorn farts, but I always have a full tank of highly flammable petro in case of Phreatomagmatic activity.

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besnook 44_shooter Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:12 Permalink

you don't understand the geology. a large enough underground explosion could dislodge a lava shelf on the coast causing a huge tsunami that would happen too fast for enough warning for people to evacuate. it doesn't have to be nuclear size and maybe not even moab size. the 6.9 earthquake caused a known, huge slab of rock that has been slowing making its way into the ocean to move downslope 2ft. another earthquake years ago caused an 11 ft movement. the entire coast on that end of the island has smaller, yet still huge, slabs doing the same thing. i think it was in the 70s that one of these shelves, as they are called, broke off and the resulting tsunami killed a bunch of campers who never saw what hit them.

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Village-idiot ZENDOG Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:36 Permalink

...threaten lives of people in the region?

If the Hilina slump slides right off the island it'll create a tsunami so big it'll make the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami look like the wave in a water-park. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilina_Slump

You can expect most of the South Pacific Islands to cleaned off more completely than Puerto Rico was this last hurricane season. Much of New Zealand and the East coast of Australia will be wiped clean. The West coast of central and South America also.

This thing is much bigger and more dangerous than most people realize.

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Mr.BlingBling Village-idiot Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:50 Permalink

Agree, and it’s troubling to see the location of all of these fissures relative to each other.  They’re all in a line parallel with that big ridge, and the GPS beacons have already moved over two feet makai (towards the sea). 

 

A whole lot of land is already on the move.  Put another way, these fissures may be the effect instead of the cause. 

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Countrybunkererd Mr.BlingBling Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:03 Permalink

WTH...

They filled their wells with cold water and capped them.  Engineers, correct me where this is wrong, but having the drilled wells capped and full of cold water, when they boil over they will "explode" from the pressure.  Depending on where these 8000 +/- feet wells are drilled (11 total I think) it could cause an issue with the H. slump to actually go into the sea.  On PURPOSE?  Why wouldn't you leave them empty after a solvent purge?

Please destroy this line of thinking if and where you can.

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SilverRhino Village-idiot Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:24 Permalink

You can expect most of the South Pacific Islands to cleaned off more completely than Puerto Rico was this last hurricane season.

 

China would be all over that in a heartbeat.  A nice little series of unsinkable aircraft carriers that can be had for the price of rebuilding each island for the remaining natives [who then get bred out of power by incoming Chinese immigrants] 

 

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Griffin TheRunningMan Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:48 Permalink

When Heimaey island in Iceland erupted in 1973 there was a huge lava flow that threatened to cut off the harbour of this small town.

If that would have happened, it would have been impossible for the islanders to keep living there, so they pumped sea water on the lava flow, cooling it and forcing it to change direction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbsEWj5qpD4

You can see it being done at minute 8.30

 

 

 

 

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Griffin MoralsAreEssential Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:39 Permalink

This should be much easier now than it was then. 

The situation the islanders were up against was very difficult, since much of the island was on fire, with lava bombs flying in the air.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJYiH1mRT6g

Always worth i try, since they might need the electricity the geo-thermal power plant produces and dont need the problems they might get if they lose it.

 

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