Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Blue Flames Emerge Between Road Cracks During Kilauea Volcano Eruption

Blue Flames Emerge Between Road Cracks During Kilauea Volcano Eruption

A significant eruptive episode that began on May 3 has sent lava pouring through a rural neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo. While one might expect the volcano and lava to produce a red glow, the camera used to shoot the video had its infrared filter removed, causing the glow to appear more white and blue than red. Streets turned into rivers of black molten rock, the vegetation has become rotten and now they are fearful their homes could be swallowed by the cracks.

"It hit and it set me on fire and it basically snapped my leg in half about right above the ankle", Clinton said as if he were discussing the weather.

"I just wanted to live". How are scientists able to tell when a dormant volcano will rumble to life? I knew I had to get out of there.

Noni Farms Road is a residential road that lies to the east of the Leilani Estates neighbourhood in Pahoa, where the majority of the volcanic activity has been focused.

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The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea - one before dawn and another several hours later - came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world's most active volcanoes.

It shows the glow from fissures as they pushed out lava overnight Monday into Tuesday.

The eruption has destroyed 50 buildings, including about two dozen homes. "I didn't care if they cut my leg off or not", Clinton said, according to KHON. That being said - experts are still closely monitoring Mauna Loa.

Emissions of sulphur dioxide gas, harmful if inhaled, also remained at high levels from newly opened lava-spewing fissures in the ground running through populated areas on the eastern flank of the volcano, authorities said. It's been generating plumes of lava haze or "laze" as it interacts with seawater. Laze plumes travel with the wind and can shift directions without warning, the county civil defense agency said. Lava flowing from the volcano recently reached the ocean, causing a unsafe lava-haze phenomena known as ' laze' that sends acid- and glass-laced steam shooting into the air, creating yet another hazard for those downwind of the lava's ocean entry point.

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