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New Eruptions Injure Man in Hawaii

New Eruptions Injure Man in Hawaii

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

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More than 20 fissures have opened up since early May.Mario Tama/Getty ImagesLAVA AND HAZEWhen lava pours into the ocean, it produces "laze", a unsafe mixture of hydrochloric acid, steam, and glass particles.Mario Tama/Getty ImagesPICTURE ITA woman photographs a steam plume near Pahoa, east of Kilauea.Mario Tama/Getty ImagesSMOKE ON THE WATERSteam rises above the Pacific on May 20, 2018. Hawaii's civil defense is sounding the alarm to residents, warning that laze can cause lung damage, eye and skin irritation, and even death in serious cases.

The Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant, which provides about 25 percent of the Big Island's power, has been closed since shortly after lava began erupting on May 3 through newly opened fissures in the ground running through neighborhoods and roads on the far eastern flank of Kilauea.

Steam rises as lava flows into the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Ige said he was thankful that the current flows weren't risking homes and hoped it would stay that way. Just feet away from the destruction sits Hawaii's normally verdant landscape, lush with vegetation yet dangerously close to the threatening lava.

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Hawaii County's Civil Defense (HCCD) agency published bulletins on Sunday asking residents living to the east of the summit to beware of "laze"-a combination of toxic hydrochloric acid fumes, steam and fine volcanic glass-like particles, which is formed when hot lava hits the ocean".

Since the eruption, over 2,000 residents of Hawaii have been ordered to evacuate, according to CBS. "Laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning".

"That is where we are going to see increased activity, potentially higher fountains, more lava flows, and much more dynamic situations than before". The highway has shut down in some spots, and residents in the area have been evacuated.

A homeowner who was on a third-floor balcony had his leg shattered from his shin to his foot when he was hit by lava spatter, a spokesperson for the Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii, told Reuters. The man was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The USGS said the latest lava effusion near Leilani Estates is a "major eruption". (USGS) An image of the laze plume on May 19.

The USGS, continues Sara Reardon in today's Nature, says that the eruption began at 4:15 am local time on 17 May, when the volcano sent a plume of ash and steam more than 9,100 metres into the air.


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