UPDATE: At 3 PM today Puna Geothermal reported a release of steam from one of its wells. The situation was contained and secured as of 3:45 PM. The Hawaii County Fire Department remains on scene and is continuously monitoring the air quality at the site, the perimeter, and the surrounding community.
Based on all available data, there is no threat to the public and no evacuation is necessary. Civil Defense is monitoring the situation and we will keep the public advised of any changes in the situation. If you have any questions, you may call 935-0031.
Additional information on today’s Puna Geothermal Steam Release:
• HFD HAZMAT reported at 3:10 PM today that initial readings from PGV monitors at the PGV facility were 15.7 PPB
• Since then, when HFD HAZMAT got on scene at 3:38 PM, arrived at front gate and got “0” readings there, they then proceeded up to the plant and continued monitoring. All readings were at “0” readings.
• HFD HAZMAT then proceeded to go around the outside perimeter of facility downwind, down Kapoho Rd to HInalo street, got all negative, or “0” readings, last reading was at 3:53 PM.
• Dispatch at 4:04 received 2 calls of people complaining of strong smell of sulfur near Hinalo street.
• At 4:10 PM HFD HAZMAT went back and checked, again, they got negative or 0 readings.
• HFD Engine Company on scene at 3:19 PM.
• Both HAZMAT and Engine Company remain on scene at this time.
• Isolation of H2S occurred within 1 hour, isolation is complete at this time.
• The noise was loud, it was a release valve opening up. The level of sound was about 70 decibels at time of release.
• it is unknown what caused the trip, technicians are looking into it at this time.