PAHOA, Hawaii – Cracks in the ground spit out streams of lava that are snaking through Hawaii’s Big Island, devouring homes and forests, chugging across a highway and pouring into the sea.
The dangers are stacking up, and the residents dealing with a more than two-week-long eruption from the Kilauea volcano are weary.
They have watched molten rock ooze, crackle, spatter and shoot from the Earth in their rural neighborhoods. They have seen ash fall from the volcano’s exploding summit and donned masks to protect their lungs.
Noxious gas is always present, and now they are facing their newest risk: a lava haze that’s formed off the coast as the fiery rivers gush into the ocean.
The interaction sends up massive clouds of acid and fine shards of glass that can lead to skin and eye irritation and even lung damage.
Scientists don’t know when Kilauea will stop its destructive but mesmerizing march across the Hawaiian island, saying it’s not clear if it’s just beginning or near the end of the eruption.
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