Dangerous ‘laze’ forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

Space Daily – MY 21, 2018

Authorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous “laze” fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean.

Two lava flows “reached the ocean along the southeast Puna coast overnight,” on Hawaii’s Big Island, the US Geological Survey, which monitors volcanoes and earthquakes worldwide, said in a statement Sunday.

A crack however opened in the ground under one of the lava channels, “diverting the lava… into underground voids,” the statement said.

When the hot lava flow hits the water it produces acid fumes known as “laze” – lava and haze.

“The plume is an irritating mixture of hydrochloric acid gas (HCl), steam, and tiny volcanic glass particles,” the USGS said.

http://www.spacedaily.com