Volcano expert explains the science behind Kilauea's ongoing eruption

Deadly lava is tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano's violent eruption continues — here are the latest images

Wells are hurriedly plugged at Hawaii power plant under threat of lava flow

A significant eruptive episode that began on May 3 has sent lava pouring through a rural neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo.

The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction.

For five days, they had taken turns hosing down homes whenever molten rocks - flung from Fissure 17 - landed on them. "I didn't care if they cut my leg off or not", Clinton says. I thought it was - I just wanted to live.

USGS scientists are unable to tell when the eruptions will stop.

"I got a phone call and so I wasn't being as attentive as I should've been", he continued. That lava is now traveling underground. within the East Rift Zone in Leilani Estates.

At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area of the Puna district, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday (May 19) when a plate-sized chunk of molten rock shot out of a fissure and struck him on the leg.

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Hoyt explained the biggest concern though is the toxic sulfur dioxide that's seeping from the fissures caused by the volcano. But those events were "not the big one" caused by interactions between hot rock and ground water, Coombs said Tuesday.

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Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, shows no sign of quieting down.

As threatening as it may be to those on the ground, the Kilauea volcano and its fissures looked downright celestial as they glowed into the night sky earlier this week.

He said: "I have done throughout my career I have done measurements of these volcanic gases, so I have been in these volcanic plumes". That being said - experts are still closely monitoring Mauna Loa.

Volcanologist Mike Burton, at Manchester University, has warned about the dangers of gas that could be emitted now the lava has reached the Pacific Ocean.

Deadly white clouds of acid and fine glass-like particles are hanging over Hawaii's Big Island as lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano flows into the ocean. It's been generating plumes of lava haze or "laze" as it interacts with seawater. Officials are concerned that "laze", a unsafe product produced when hot lava hits cool ocean water, will affect residents.

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