Friday, 06 December, 2019


What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

Hawaii resident Dona Meuller 75 saw a volcano in front of her home erupt from her bedroom window Hawaii resident Dona Meuller 75 saw a volcano in front of her home erupt from her bedroom window
Bennie Garza | 22 May, 2018, 10:46

The eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has taken a more risky turn for people in the area.

On Saturday, the eruption claimed its first major injury when a man was struck in the leg by a flying piece of lava.

The man was outside his home on Saturday in the remote, rural region affected by the volcano when the lava "hit him on the shin, and shattered everything from there down on his leg" Hawaii county mayor's spokeswoman, Janet Snyder, told Hawaii News Now TV.

Lava spatters are made up of projectile molten rock and can weigh as much as a refrigerator, so they can do some pretty serious damage. Residents have been warned to avoid lava streams that flow into the ocean. Photos from the scene showed a towering plume of steam extending southwest along the shoreline, and Hawaii County Civil Defense warned residents to stay well back from the vapor. About 2,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate by officials while many others have chosen to leave.

Scientists said the steam clouds at the spots where lava entered the ocean were laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irrigate the skin and eyes and cause breathing problems.

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, began extruding red-hot lava and sulfuric acid fumes through newly opened fissures on the ground along its eastern flank on May 3, marking the latest phase of an eruption cycle that has continued almost nonstop for 35 years.

"This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows", the HVO said.

The US Geological Survey said the volcano erupted explosively in the early morning hours today launching a plume about 30,000 feet into the sky.

Earlier this week she returned to her home after being evacuated and was shocked to see a volcano explode outside her bedroom and the windows of her room shatter in the aftershocks

Once formed, the effects of the laze plume are literally blowing in the wind.

Scientists do not know how long this eruption episode, which began May 3, will last.

On Monday, lava could be seen spewing from the volcano from Lanipuna Gardens, HI. On top of the laze, sulfur dioxide emissions have tripped due to the increased eruptions and fissure leaks.

The volcano has opened more than 20 vents, including four that have merged into one large crack.

"A handful of old fissures have reactivated and joined together over the past few days", CNN correspondent Scott McLean said.

The hazardous cloud billowing from where lava is pouring into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island may spread as far as 15 miles downwind.

Noni Farms Road is a residential road that lies to the east of the Leilani Estates neighborhood in Pahoa, where the majority of the attention has been focused ever since Kilauea's volcanic activity increased dramatically three weeks ago. The volcano has spared most of the island and the rest of the Hawaiian chain.

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