Toxic acid cloud over Hawaii after lava hits ocean

Toxic acid cloud over Hawaii after lava hits ocean

The lava has also made its way into the ocean, causing plumes of hydrochloric acid, steam, and fine glass particles to erupt into the air, a phenomenon recently described as "laze" - lava haze. The glass was in the form of fine glass shards.

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.

The Coast Guard is warning boats to stay away from where lava is flowing into the ocean on Hawaii's Big Island unless they have prior approval.

"If you're feeling stinging on your skin, go inside", Stovall said. "Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning". Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is enforcing a safety zone about 1,000 feet around the place where Kilauea's fiery blood flows into the water.

Governor David Ige told reporters in Hilo that the state was monitoring the volcano and keeping people safe. "We have no way of knowing whether this is really the beginning or toward the end of this eruption", Tom Shea, a volcanologist at the University of Hawaii, told the Associated Press.

Laze killed two people when a lava flow reached the coast in 2000, and even a wisp can cause eye and respiratory irritation, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency who was helping Hawaii County respond to the disaster, did not have further details about the man's injuries or his condition.

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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.

At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area of the Puna district, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday when a plate-sized chunk of molten shot out of a fissure and struck him on the leg.

First it was lava, then acid rain and vog.

At the volcano's summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash and winds carried much of the ash towards the south west.

Laze is formed when hot lava comes into contact with cooler sea water. The quakes were triggered after the Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse just days earlier.

It's still unclear when the volcano will calm down, but hopefully the first injury as a result of the eruption will also be the last.

Hawaii News Now said that Highway 130 is still open to residents of the Big Island, although it has been developing cracks.

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