Timelapse shows the dramatic glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as eruption continues

Timelapse shows the dramatic glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as eruption continues

Timelapse shows the dramatic glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as eruption continues

Seven scientific instruments aboard five NASA and partner satellites helped answer this question and have provided a wealth of other important data - the composition and size of newly emitted volcanic plumes, for example, and how, exactly, the movement of molten rock underground is deforming the ground on the Big Island.

Mount Kilauea has continued to erupt and shows no signs of easing.

Lava from that vent was shooting further into the air and producing the highest lava wall of all the vents, which was blocking molten rock from flowing north toward the plant. Lava has burned and buried more than a dozen homes in the community, and 1,700 people have fled.

A lava flow from one of the fissures entered the 815-acre (330-hectare) geothermal plant complex on Monday night and destroyed a warehouse, County of Hawaii government spokeswoman Janet Snyder said. The building was owned by the state and was used in geothermal research projects in the early days of the site.

Officials shut down Puna Geothermal shortly after Kilauea began erupting on May 3. The plant harnesses heat and steam from the earth's core to spin turbines to generate power.

Earlier this month officials removed a flammable gas called pentane from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions. GLISTIN was created to monitor ice sheets, but it can also detect changes in the Kilauea landscape caused by the outburst, agency officials said.

Lava can be seen bubbling from the ground on Hawaii's Big Island and huge streams of lava are pouring from the Kilauea Volcano all the way to the ocean. He says that the risk of getting hurt was low enough the whole time to stay and put out fires that would have consumed the homes.

It has since opened more than 20 vents releasing lava, sulfur dioxide and steam. At the summit, that rate is 3,000 to 6,000 tons a day.

Hawaii man Darryl Clinton has told how molten rock almost sheared his leg in half when he was hit over the weekend.

When Clinton next looked down - as a nearby friend scrambled to wrap a tourniquet around his leg - all he saw was bone protruding from skin.

"It hit and it set me on fire and it basically snapped my leg in half about right above the ankle", Clinton said as if he were discussing the weather.

Clinton says he doesn't regret not evacuating.

"I think the biggest worry for us is based on the geologic history of this volcano - is that the current fissure activity could actually become a bit larger", said geologist Steve Brantley from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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