Hawaii: Kilauean purkaus uhkaa geotermistä voimalaitosta
NBC reports that workers at Ormat Technologies' Puna
Geothermal Plant on the Big Island of Hawaii are taking precautionary measures
after a new volcanic fissure opened up near the facility. Earthquakes started
on the island April 30, and it was soon followed by volcanic activity. After
the frequency of earthquakes increased dramatically, plant personnel closed and
secured the facility per the emergency response plan. [rew]
wells run as deep as 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) underground at the plant, which
covers around 40 acres (16 hectares) of the 815-acre (329.8 hectare) property.
The plant has capacity to produce 38 megawatts of electricity, providing
roughly one-quarter of the Big Island's daily energy demand.
Hawaiians have long expressed frustration with the plant since it came online
in 1989; they say it is built on sacred land. Goddess of fire, Pele, is
believed to live on Kilauea volcano, and the plant itself is thought to
desecrate her name. Other residents have voiced concerns over health and
safety.[enr] Olin paikalla1990, kun meilläkin suurta mediahuomiota saanut Kilauean purkaus tuhosi Kalapanan pikkukaupungin ja katkaisi Hawaii-saaren ympäri kulkevan valtatien.