• David Smith

Hawaii volcano may threaten geothermal power plant


On May 6, 2016, a volcano erupted on Hawaii's Big Island. The volcano happened to be located near a geothermal power plant.

The plant contains many flammable toxins that could destroy the island. According to Fox News, "There are still nearly 50,000 gallons of pentane stored at the site."

"Pentane is a clear colorless liquid with a petroleum-like odor that's a component of some fuels. The NIH lists pentane as an "extremely flammable liquid and vapor."

No injuries have been reported yet, but they are still taking precautions in case it does affect the power plant. "Geologist Janet Babb from the US Geological Survey said as seismic activity continued to shake the area the situation remained fluid." according to Radionz.

"Small tremors continue to be felt in the Big Island's eastern corner after the eruption produced a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Friday." according to Radionz.

The volcano was not the reason for people evacuating, it was the plant. "The plant was the main reason Braham chose to evacuate." according to Fox News. Officials are begging local residents as well as lava chasers to avoid going to the island: "There are fumes that are being pushed through cracks of the cooled lava that could harm or kill them." according to Fox News.