Hawaii volcano eruption: Dangerous laze plume blows inland with fog to last FOR DAYS

Thursday, June 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

DANGEROUS clouds of volcanic gas are drifting inland on Hawaii’s Big Island as the eruption of Kilauea shows no sign of slowing.

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Plumes of laze – a corrosive cocktail of superheated saltwater steam laced with poisonous hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs – are being carried by light winds and could last for days.

The area around Kapoho Bay in the south east is also expected to be shrouded in this vog – volcanic fog – until the beginning of next week.

Locals have also been warned about Pele’s hair – fine strands of volcanic glass which can cause skin and eye irritation and breathing difficulties.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) said the eruption of Kilauea was continuing with Fissure 8 still producing a large channelised flow of lava that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing the laze clouds.

A Civil Defence official said: “The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water.

“Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand.

“This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea.”

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