Authorities on Hawaii’s Big Island have had to scramble to secure the area’s geothermal power plant following the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano.

Lava has been pouring out of the volcano close to the site on Monday with workers rushing to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.
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Crews worked into the night to cap the 11th and final well at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant, which provides about 25 percent of the Big Island’s power, as lava from an active fissure flowed 200 to 300 yards from the nearest well pad, county and federal officials said.

60,000 gallons of the highly flammable chemical pentane, which was stored at the plant, were moved from harm’s way. The state also said last week it was pumping cold water into the wells and would cap them with iron plugs.

The plant’s wells run 6,000 to 8,000 feet underground to tap into extremely hot water and steam used to run turbines and produce electricity.

“County, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities,” the county said. .