Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava enters SEA sending hydrochloric acid and GLASS into air

Sunday, May 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

HAWAII’S volcano eruption has entered the Pacific Ocean – forming tiny particles of glass in the air and sending hydrochloric acid into the atmosphere in a threat to health as Kilauea’s activity becomes more severe.

Sun, May 20, 2018

Kilauea has been erupting since the start of the month, with a total of 22 fissures having appeared since May 3.

One of the most recent, fissure 20, has now split into two separate channels, wth the first now having crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and entered the ocean.

The second channel is 400 metres away from the road, which is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.

A spokesman added: “Residents in the area have been evacuated.

“All persons are asked to stay out of the area.

“The lava has entered the ocean.

“Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

“Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.

“Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation.

“Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

“The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.

“We ask for your help and understanding.”

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