Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3 as it began extruding lava and sulfur dioxide emissions through a series of fissures, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued almost nonstop for 35 years.
As threatening as it may be to those on the ground, the Kilauea volcano and its fissures looked downright celestial as they glowed into the night sky earlier this week.
At least 47 homes and other structures have been destroyed by almost two dozen fissures in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday by flying lava. The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power.
Puna Geothermal represents about 4.5 percent of Ormat's worldwide generating capacity. If lava from the ongoing Kilauea eruption in lower Puna covered a wellhead, it's expected that its integrity will hold and an uncontrolled gas release won't occur. At the summit, that rate is 3,000 to 6,000 tons a day.
Underscoring the eruption's dangers, a Hawaii man was hit by a flying piece of lava over the weekend said the molten rock almost sheared his leg in half.
Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood where the volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks.
Clinton's ex wrapped his wound in a sheet and helped him down to her truck, which they used to drive into Pahoa.
Mr Clinton, who was the first person to suffer a major injury at the hands of the eruption, said doctors saved his leg but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks.
Clinton says it was "incredibly powerful and hot" and he went into shock.
Accumulations of cooled, hardened lava created a thick, 30-foot (9.14-metre) high wall of solid volcanic rock channelling fresh lava streams from fissures to the south, away from the PGV plant, USGS scientists said. Officials are concerned that "laze", a unsafe product produced when hot lava hits cool ocean water, will affect residents.
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. He said the additional plugs will be installed if workers can complete the work without being interrupted by molten rock or sulfur dioxide emissions from nearby fissures. There has been continuous low-level ash emission from Kilauea's summit with larger explosions every few hours, said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Mike Poland.