Warnings as Kilauea volcano in Hawaii spews acid and glass

Lava, acid rain, vog, sulfur dioxide and now 'laze:' New deadly threat emerges from Hawaii volcano

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Hawaii County Fire Department officials said a homeowner was on his third-floor balcony when he was struck with lava spatter, breaking his lower leg. Officials reminded residents that "lava bombs" can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces of spatter can be lethal.

It's a hazardous mix of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles which creates a toxic steam cloud into the air. Below, the latest photos from Kilauea.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began erupting in early May and is still wreaking havoc as lava flows through the streets, consuming cars and destroying people's homes.

Residents on the Big Island face several threats Monday from Kilauea: In addition to the possibility of more eruptions, lava is oozing into the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

"Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation", the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said. Lava haze caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the Kilauea coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows. "Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning".

The activity capped off a week of devastation, as The Washington Post's Kristine Phillips reported: Before dawn Thursday, a big explosion sent a plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky.

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Authorities have warned that toxic volcanic gas emissions "have tripled as a result of the [recent] eruptions". As of Sunday, the area stretched for about 1 kilometer.

Laze itself is not enough to cause serious burns, Babb said, unless someone is right on top of where lava enters the ocean. It has already produced around two dozen lava-spewing cracks, the same number as a previous 88 day event in 1955. Hawaii National Guard has warned of more mandatory evacuations if further highways are blocked. The molten rock that began emerging over the past few days was from magma that has recently moved down the volcano's eastern flank from one or two craters that sit further upslope - the Puu Oo crater and the summit crater.

The caustic plume, which can be fatal if inhaled, was the latest danger in an eruption that shows no signs of stopping, since it started on May 3. The volcano has opened more than 20 vents, including four that have merged into one large crack.

Scientists say it's still not known when Kilauea will run its course and life on the island, can return to normal. The tourism industry is still in full swing, and the island's airports remain open.

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