UPDATE: 4:30 PM
Airbnb announced today that it will extend its disaster response program to the rest of the Big Island in response to the growing number of displaced people.
The program was activated only last week
Airbnb encourages hosts across the island to open their door to provide emergency shelters to those in need.
Significant levels of toxic sulfur dioxide gas – as high as 15,000 tonnes a day – are being produced along the lower East Rift Zone as magma underground approaches the surface, said US Geological Survey officials today.
"Even from the summit eruption and Puu Oo, none of them has ever produced such high numbers of sulfur dioxide," said Wendy Spovall, spokeswoman for the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. "The higher emission rates correspond to the voluminous lava flows."
Earlier concentrations of sulfur dioxide in the Puu Oo crater were about 200 to 300 tons per day. There are currently no sulfur dioxide emissions from the crater, she said. The peak of Kilauea is on average between 3,000 and 6,000 tons per day.
Meanwhile, an explosion occurred in the morning on the summit, sending an ash cloud of up to 8,000 feet. Scientists also saw parts of the southwestern wall of the volcano collapse.
Officials warn the public of methane explosions near vegetation. Methane explosions occur when gas is generated while lava burns the overgrown areas.
"It can travel in pockets underground, explosions can occur a few feet away from the lava," Spovall said. "These can be extremely violent, throwing blocks several feet wide and forming a large crater."
Officials are working to open the Chain of Craters Road as an evacuation route for Kalapana residents only, said Jessica Ferracane, spokeswoman for Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park
Civil Defense officials from Hawaii County also said that Lava was an old Monday night Warehouse on the site of the former Hawaii Geothermal Project-A, which was an experimental state project to explore the possibility of geothermal energy production. (The "A" in the project name refers to geothermal source A.) Earlier in the day they had said that the camp was on the Puna Geothermal Venture property, but later clarified that it was near the HGPA site Puna was geothermal. 19659016] A senior executive in Hawaii for PGV said the concern over the lava flood in the facility had been exaggerated.
Michael Kaleikini, senior director of Hawaii Affairs for PGV, said the noise and emissions of more than 20 volcanic columns and the enormous amount of active lava flow in the Lower East Rift Zone represents any emissions or damage that may be caused by an uncontrolled Breakage of geothermal sources on the PGV site could arise in the shade.
"From our point of view, there is nothing that could happen in the PGV plant wells that are worse than what happened at the outbreak," Kaleikini said. The noise and geothermal emissions from each well would be far less than the roar of escaping gas and lava from the ongoing eruption,
"This is all about the eruption, and PGV is just a small component that happens" in the area "He said
He pointed out that the company had worked with state and district officials to" scare off "three production wells at the site to reduce the risk of release.
>> RELATED VIDEO : A huge lava lake, threatening conditions at the Puna Geothermal Venture and high levels of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in the air prompted Hawaiian officials and Hawaii National Guard to complete all media tours to the areas affected by the lava of the Kilauea volcano, which penetrates towards the wells of the geothermal power plant. (Video courtesy of Hawaii, Department of Defense; mobile app users, click here)
Eight more wells on the job site did not have to be quenched with cold water because they were not under pressure, he said. In other words, these wells did not create an upward pressure that could allow gases or liquids to escape.
Kaleikini said the nearest lava pad is within 100 feet of an area known as "Boneyard", where the company has old parts and equipment. According to Jaret Snyder, spokeswoman for the Governor of Hawaii, Harry Kim, the US Geological Survey Crews at PGV has to oversee the movement of the river near the 815 (19659016) She said the old warehouse was destroyed around 9:30 pm The Monday belonged the state and was used early on in the development of the project in geothermal research projects.
So, since the eruption on May 3, the total number of destroyed structures has been at least 47, but civilized defense officials say they believe the total is actually higher. They could not tell how many of the flooded structures were homes.
Rift 22 has channeled most of its lava towards the ocean, but also released some lava in the opposite direction to the northwest towards the PGV plant. Snyder said gaps 6 and 19 also opened overnight, sending lava toward the PGV plant.
Overall, Synder said the active cracks contained 17, 20, 22, 19 and 6 "and possibly 5 and 8" river from column 5 near the bottom of the Leilani Estates subdivision covered Kahukai Street sometime Monday night or this morning.
In other volcanic developments today:
>> The mayor of Hawaii, Harry Kim, today issued a supplementary notice announcing the deadline for the property tax on the June 30th for the package owners in Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, Pohoiki Bay Estates and Kapoho Estates, whose property was affected by the Kilauea outbreak. The signed Supplementary Notification can be viewed here.
>> Fissure 6 reactivated Monday night and has erupted since about midnight, according to the Civil Defense Department of Hawaii County. The rivers from the rift are slowly approaching the Puna Geothermal Venture property. Residents and onlookers are being asked to stay out of the area due to the dangerous conditions and are advised of the following roadblocks:
>> Weather officials point out that after today's explosive eruption at 3:45 southwest of the Kilauea volcano there is an ash fall is possible . "Ash Fallout is likely to take place mainly via the Kau District and Highway 11 southwest of the city of Volcano," the National Weather Service said alarmingly. Occasional small eruptions of volcanic ash emanate from the Halemaumau crater.
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