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Kilauea volcano, on Hawaii's Big Island, has been erupting pretty much continuously for the past 35 years. The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power.

That information includes detecting active fissures and fires, the height and composition of volcanic plumes, ground "deformation" caused by the movement of magma and images of ash and sulfur dioxide plumes, NASA said in their release.

Lava destroyed a building near the plant late Monday, bringing the total number of structures overtaken in the past several weeks to almost 50, including dozens of homes. Authorities are especially concerned about how flowing lava could affect Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), a plant that provides at least one-quarter of the Big Island's daily energy needs via geothermal wells.

Beyond the immediate fire danger from the lava, high levels of sulfur dioxide spewing from the volcano pose a serious threat to children, elderly people, and people with respiratory issues, the United States Geological Survey said.

"I just wanted to live".

He said doctors had to pick sharp, hardened fragments of lava out of the wound, but the prognosis is good for his friend.

Kaleikini said the gases that could potentially leak from the Puna plant are no different from those coming from active fissures.

The volcano's Puu Oo crater was releasing 200 to 300 tons (181 to 272 metric tons) a day but is no longer emitting sulfur dioxide. It hit him above the ankle.

"It was the most forceful impact Ive ever had on my body in my life", Clinton told a crowd of reporters from his hospital bed Tuesday.

Clinton became the first known person injured by Kilauea since its volcanic activity dramatically increased more than three weeks ago. Meanwhile, lava continues to flow into the Pacific, mixing with the ocean water and creating its own toxic gas, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.

Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam, along with fine glass particles, into the air. But geologists warn this eruption has weeks to go with significant unpredictability.

Photographs by astronauts aboard the International Space Station have also helped researchers and responders better understand the outburst, as has data contributed by the European and Japanese space agencies, NASA officials said.