Hawaii Volcano ALERT: Toxic Gas, MORE Eruptions Expected, Lava Blocks Escape Routes

by | May 21, 2018 | Headline News | 16 comments

The Hawaiian volcano, Kilauea, is still erupting and lava is now blocking escape routes.  More eruptions are still expected as toxic gas plumes envelop parts of the island.

People in Hawaii are facing new warnings over toxic fumes produced when molten rock flows into the ocean, as the state continues to battle eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. Officials say two lava flows have reached the Pacific, creating thick hazardous clouds known as “laze.” 

The clouds contain hydrochloric acid and glass particles which can cause irritation and breathing difficulties, reported the BBC.  The US Geological Survey describes laze as a “hot, corrosive, gas mixture.”  When molten lava hits seawater, the chemical reaction can create “hazy and noxious conditions”, the USGS said in a statement. Officials are warning people to stay away from areas where lava meets the ocean, as laze can cause lung, eye and skin irritation. “This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000 when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows,” the HVO said.

But the “laze” or toxic gas plumes aren’t the only problems the volcano has caused.  The lava flows have also blocked escape routes. The threat from laze began after lava crossed Highway 137 late Saturday night and entered the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. This lava flow has also cut off parts of the road, a critical access point, which affects thousands of residents, reported CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Lava bombs are also still a problem and have caused one serious injury so far.  Over the weekend, a man sitting on his porch was hit in the leg by a lava bomb, leaving him seriously hurt, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno. His leg was shattered at the point of impact. It’s the first serious injury reported since the volcano began erupting May 3. “I heard the injury was quite bad,” Magno told CNN affiliate KHON Saturday.

Flaming rivers of molten rock have already destroyed at least 40 structures. Additionally, the volcano has caused almost two dozen fissures to crack the Earth’s surface open purging fountains of lava and dangerous sulfur dioxide. The USGS said the latest lava effusion near Leilani Estates is a “major eruption.”

At the summit, a large explosion happened at around midnight on Friday night into Saturday, sending a plume of volcanic gas some 10,000ft (2 miles; 3km) into the air. Geologists are warning that the behavior of the lava flows remains unpredictable, but as of now, air travel has not been impacted. But with warnings of additional eruptions, the situation could go from horrible to much worse.

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    1. Mark McBee

      Who lives in volcanic prone areas?

      • boone1

        Democrats that’s who goes to prove just how stupid these people are.

    2. rellik

      What is not being mentioned is,
      that this could go on for years.
      The lava going into the ocean
      is “new”. Lava dated to 1955 is what
      has caused most damage thus far.
      Called Aha it does not move very fast.
      This new lava(Pahoehoe) moves really fast.
      I think I’ll wait
      a few weeks before I wonder over
      to check it out.
      73 degrees and light rain today.
      Not that I encourage tourism, but most things
      are pretty normal, although my usual
      spots to take friends, Halemaumau,Puu’oo
      (Kiluea), and Lava trees park are closed.
      The mainland floods were probably far worse
      and other natural disasters as they affect
      many more people. But a Volcano sticks around longer
      and is REALLY impressive.
      I’ve seen it all.


        True. Nothing is more entertaining than watching other people’s lives being ruined. Awesome

      • Nailbanger

        Have seen lots of volcanic activity in my younger years,
        And it is extremely awesome and mezmerizing. Truly something to see for those of you who have never seen an eruption.

        • rellik

          No doubt about that plus the sound!

    3. the blame-e


      • rellik

        Point taken.
        You can’t edit mistakes here so I tend to use the enter key a lot but I can run on as much as you want. All my computers are at least 17 inch so if you are on a 5 inch smart phone I can appreciate your problem. I was just trying to communicate about living near a volcano, if you think that is a waste of your time, I apologize. As an aside, information from this site has saved me thousands of dollars.
        I hit
        a lot!q

        • Urgent Care of Ebola

          good to hear from someone close to the action, be safe.

          MAGA and Aloha, lol

    4. Ruteger


    5. The Deplorable Braveheart

      Rellik, I don’t think it’s a waste of time posting about a volcano. Hell, I’m just glad to see you and Nailbanger are surviving all that BS over there. BTW, certain information from this site has been a great help to me also and saved me a lot of money. Would be nice if we could dump all of our libturds into that volcano.

      • rellik

        Right now you can’t even get close to it without
        I have all the right respiratory equipment
        and I’m not going to try.

        • Nailbanger

          I remember watching Halemaumau fountaining from the bar in the Volcanohouse with my folks when i was a kid, was in the late 60s i think, that place had the best food back in the day, used to be a great place to stay too, spent many nights sitting in front of the giant fireplace in there.

    6. southside

      Reliik,you post any damn way you want. I’m not blowing up your rear when I say I worry about you and Nail and am most relieved when I come here and see you and Nail still posting.

    7. Luke Warm

      Am I supposed to feel sorry for the fools who didn’t evacuate before the escape routes were cut off?

    8. Luke Warm

      “Welcome to Pompeii”

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