BBC: Hawaii Volcano: Warning of Toxic Gas Plumes From Kilauea

BBC: Toxic "laze" plumes


On the Big Island of Hawaii, Kilauea erupted in the beginning of May, and the repercussions are being felt heavily today. The lava flow has just reached the Pacific Ocean and the joining of the two creates ‘laze,’ thick hazardous clouds. The clouds contain hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which lead to difficulty breathing. Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency has warned people to stay away from the plumes, however, many of the island’s tourist attractions and airports remain open.

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