Watch This Amazing Time-Lapse Of The Glow From Hawaii's Volcanic Eruption


Kilauea's latest eruptive episode has upended life on parts of the Big Island since April 30, when the floor of the Puu Oo Crater, on the volcano's East Rift Zone, collapsed and sent its pool of lava back underground.

The lava flow does not pose any immediate threat to the plant, the US Geological Survey said Wednesday.

Blue burning flames of methane gas erupt through cracks in the Leilani Estates neighborhood of Pahoa in Hawaii on May 23, 2018. After three weeks of gawking at images of bright red lava bursting skyward, the Big Island's focus has shifted to something blue and worrisome: blue flames that indicate the presence of methane gas.

For a few weeks now, the U.S. Geological Survey has been warning of the risks of "vog", short for "volcanic smog", the hazy air pollution caused by noxious emissions like sulfur dioxide gas interacting with oxygen, sunlight and moisture in the atmosphere. And once ignited, it produces a blue flame, the USGS said.

Living on the slopes of one of the world's most active volcanoes meant it was hardly their first brush with lava, Clinton would later say.

The preparations came as a third lava flow from Kilauea streamed into the ocean on Thursday.

For some who don't want to leave, or for mainlanders seeking to move to Hawaii, the far-flung areas of the Big Island hold allure.

An aerial view of a massive surface flow entering the sea at Malama Flats Hawai'i. Image EPA  Bruce Omori  Paradise Helicopters
An aerial view of a massive surface flow entering the sea at Malama Flats Hawai’i. Image EPA Bruce Omori Paradise Helicopters

The Puna power plant supplies 25 percent of the island's electricity, the daily business website Calcalist reported. But in communities like Leilani Estates, fountains of nearby lava threaten more homes and there are also spots where officials worry about widening cracks.

Officials have also warned residents tobeware of "laze", or lava haze, a toxic gas containing tiny shards of glass which is produced when lava flows collide with the sea.

The middle portion of the fissure system (centered on Pohoiki Rd.) continues to produce the most robust eruptive activity in the Lower East Rift Zone.

Officials called the plant "essentially safe", but many residents lost trust in the plant long ago.

While one man almost lost his leg to flying lava splatter, no one has died yet in connection to the volcanic activity.

"The experts are telling us there is no danger from the eruptions to anyone outside the areas that have been evacuated", Gov. David Ige said in a statement.

A U.S. National Guard soldier takes photos as lava erupts and flows from a Kilauea fissure in Leilani Estates on Wednesday.

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