Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

As Hawaiian Volcano Pours Lava Into Pacific, Scientists Warn of Deadly 'Laze'

As Hawaiian Volcano Pours Lava Into Pacific, Scientists Warn of Deadly 'Laze'

David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency who was helping Hawaii County respond to the disaster, said a man was struck in the leg by a flying piece of lava.

A product the observatory calls "laze", or lava haze, could be produced when hot lava reacts to cold sea water, bringing a dense plume of steam, hydrochloric acid and fine shards of glass into the air. Below, the latest photos from Kilauea.

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean over the weekend.

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

Officials are warning people to stay away from areas where lava meets the ocean, as laze can cause lung, eye and skin irritation. At least 23 fissures from the volcano have opened so far and 40 homes buildings have been burned by the lava.

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

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Kilauea volcano began spewing lava into the air in a residential neighborhood about two weeks ago.

The Coast Guard has implemented a marine safety zone around the lava ocean entry points.

A berm was holding back lava flowing northwest towards the PGV plant and crews expected to cap two of its three wells, but were having difficulty with a third, the County of Hawaii said.

The cloud could extend as far as 24 kilometres, mostly along the coast and offshore, geologists said on Sunday.

He said doctors had to pick sharp, hardened fragments of lava out of the wound, but the prognosis is good for his friend.

The Hawaii National Guard has warned of additional mandatory evacuations if more roads become blocked.

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Ige said he was thankful that the current lava flows did not pose a threat to homes and hoped it would stay that way.

Last night, USGS reported a small explosion at the volcano's summit, producing an ash plume that reached about 7,000 feet. The quakes were triggered after the Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse just days earlier.

The caustic plume, which can be fatal if inhaled, was the latest danger in an eruption that shows no signs of stopping, since it started on May 3.

Scientists say a hazardous cloud billowing from where lava is pouring into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island may spread as far as 15 miles (24 kilometers) downwind. The volcano has opened more than 20 vents, including four that have merged into one large crack.

"That is where we are going to see increased activity, potentially higher fountains, more lava flows, and much more dynamic situations than before". Tourism officials maintain that most of Big Island is still safe to visit and remains unaffected by the explosion.

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