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Geology ? - the Puna Volcano, 2018
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:31:06 PM »
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  • Letter to the editors, 20 June, 2018, Honolulu Star-Advertiser:  a close copy. 

    Today I learned from another former resident of Puna that the geothermal protests I recall from the early '90's were legitimate.  They pointed out that causing disequilibrium under ground by drawing off pressure to run a turbine engine to generate electricity was not desirable. 
     
    The state agreed to pay an Israeli company to insert a mechanism to draw off the pressure in the underground cavities under for example Leilani Estates.  Electricity was generated, and sold to Maui which offered the highest price.  Big Island residents never got any electricity from the plant.
     
    The Israeli company had already done the same thing in two other parts of the world with the same result we saw in Puna before entering into a contract with the State of Hawai'i.  When enough time had passed, a honey comb of cavities was left where formerly things under the ground were in a state of equilibrium.  Nature abhors a vacuum.  The ground collapsed to fill the spaces.
     
    Normally, when volcano erupts a cone is formed because a spurt of lava comes up.  The Puna case this year was not that at all - instead - bursting up all over the place because the state of disequilibrium caused the ground to collapse.

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    Re: Geology ? - the Puna Volcano, 2018
    « Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 12:06:58 PM »
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  • https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/lava-covers-potentially-explosive-well-at-israeli-firm-s-hawaii-plant-1.6119612

    The name of the company which feels threatened now by the lava is in this article.


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    Re: Geology ? - the Puna Volcano, 2018
    « Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 12:30:15 PM »
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  • Excellent report, Nandarani.  I've been watching the Hawaii volcano from the beginning and some of this surfaced but not to this extent. People gotta ask themselves, "What is Israel doing in Hawaii anyway?"  




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    Re: Geology ? - the Puna Volcano, 2018
    « Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 06:43:44 PM »
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  • https://www.timesofisrael.com/lava-reaches-plugged-well-at-israeli-geothermal-plant-in-hawaii/

    I have volunteered to the editors to research and write an expose - that was fun because it will never happen of course.  I don't read the Star Advertiser but it will be interesting to see when the headlines about the volcano daily are gradually replaced with something else related to the subject.  They've done exposes before.  In the right hands, this could be Nobel Prize expose material.  :D

     

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