Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Hazardous cloud spreads from where lava hits sea

Hazardous cloud spreads from where lava hits sea

He was sat on the balcony of his house when a lava spatter hit his leg, causing it to shatter.

"Laze - a term combining the words "lava" and haze" - is a mix of hydrochloric acid fumes, steam and fine volcanic glass specks created when erupting lava, which can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius), reacts with sea water, Hawaii County Civil Defense said in a statement. Below, the latest photos from Kilauea.

Hawaii officials say lava from Kilauea volcano has entered the property of a geothermal plant on the Big Island.

The lava flow from Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's big island has now entered the ocean, sending toxic clouds into the air.

The eruptions have also created a phenomenon known as "vog"-a combination of water, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, dust and fine particles, which can cause irritation to the lungs, especially in people who suffer from respiratory problems".

So far, the lava flows have destroyed a number of homes and other structures, the Associated Press reports, and has ignited several fires.

About three miles (4.8 km) to the east of the plant on the coast, deadly clouds of acid and glass particles billowed into the sky as lava fell into the ocean from two flows blocking Highway 137, one of the main exit routes from the volcano area. "Laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning". The volcano bristles with equipment that continuously measures signs of geological activity, such as ground movement, lava chemistry and seismic vibrations.

Hawaii volcano erupts anew, residents urged to shelter
Scientists are warning this morning's explosive eruption on the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could be the first of many. High levels of sulfur dioxide forcing more schools in the Puna area to close because of the air quality.

Authorities have warned that toxic volcanic gas emissions "have tripled as a result of the [recent] eruptions". Because Kilauea is one of the best-monitored volcanoes in the world, scientists hope that data on the event will help them to better predict when similar volcanoes are about to erupt.

The Coast Guard said it was enforcing a safety zone extending 984 feet around the ocean entry point.

Resident Ikaika Marzo said the lava flow isn't just treacherous.

Ige said he was thankful that the current lava flows did not pose a threat to homes and hoped it would stay that way. The Hawaii National Guard has warned of more mandatory evacuations if further highways are blocked.

The first hint of an impending eruption came with a series of earthquakes on 3 May.

"That is where we are going to see increased activity, potentially higher fountains, more lava flows, and much more dynamic situations than before". The volcano has opened more than 20 vents, including four that have merged into one large crack.

Hawaii tourism officials have stressed that most of the Big Island remains unaffected by the eruption and is open for business.

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