Hawaii Lava Reaches the Pacific, Creates Another Deadly Danger

More eruptions, more earthquakes
The Kilauea volcano erupted at least twice this weekend — at one point launching a cloud of ash up to 10,000 feet high. Getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death,” said Lt. But further inland, residents have other problems. Lava picks up speed
Flaming rivers of molten rock have already destroyed at least 40 structures. “All waterway users should be aware of the hazardous conditions associated with such an event. The HVO also reported sulfur dioxide emissions have tripled. Lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 19, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii. And it has proven deadly in the past. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
And now it’s a real threat after lava crossed Highway 137 late Saturday night and entered the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. “It’s like huge grenades going off. “It sounds like 10 or 20 jets taking off from your backyard at the same time,” Marzo told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now. “Lava is pouring out like a fountain … feeding a fast-moving lava stream that’s now reached the ocean.”
Resident Ikaika Marzo said the lava flow isn’t just treacherous. “Now it is runnier, but that is allowing it to move faster.”
The volcano has caused almost two dozen fissures to crack the Earth’s surface open — purging fountains of lava and dangerous sulfur dioxide. “A handful of old fissures have reactivated and joined together over the past few days,” CNN’s Scott McLean reported from Pahoa. “It’s been like hell,” he said. And some fissures refuse to die. A Coast Guard news release says the safety zone includes all waters extending about 300 meters around the entry of the lava flow. Officials are warning people to stay away from areas where lava meets the ocean. Laze can cause lung, eye and skin irritation. “These eruptions caused a 5.0 magnitude and a 4.9 magnitude tremor at the summit,” CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Laze — a mashup of “lava” and “haze” — is a nasty product formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air. It shakes the whole community.”


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Hawaii Is On Red Alert After Ash Clouds, Shooting Lava “The consistency of lava is now changing,” CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. But newer, fresher lava shooting out from fissures spell more danger. First it was catastrophic lava. Because of lava entering the ocean, the US Coast Guard enforced a Lava Entry Safety Zone Sunday for the navigable waters around the Kilauea Volcano. It’s like hell on Earth. “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. Now Big Island residents have yet another danger to worry about. John Bannon, waterways management lead for the Coast Guard’s Honolulu sector. As the Earth keeps shaking, liquid fire keeps flowing. Cmdr. Then it was sulfur dioxide. “Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ashfall downwind are possible at any time.”
Since Kilauea’s massive eruption May 3, Brink said, about 2,250 earthquakes have struck on or around Hawaii’s Big Island.