The Kilauea Volcano is an active shield volcano and has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983. The most recent event began on May 3, 2018, where several lava vents opened downrift from the summit into a populated subdivision known as Leilani Estates. This new volcanic episode was accompanied by several strong to moderate earthquakes and has been ongoing for nearly two weeks.
Several smaller eruptions have occurred since the original event began earlier this month with the most recent eruption early Tuesday morning sending volcanic ash nearly 8,000 feet into the air. The most recent effects from Kilauea are concerning the chemical reaction as lava flows have reached the Pacific ocean allowing a dangerous plume of laze to start rising into the air.
The video above shows the laze, short for lava haze, which is known as a toxic gas composed of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles only adding to the rising issues on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Almost two dozen fissures have opened up since then, leaking out lava and emitting dangerous sulphur dioxide.
The problem with the Kilauea volcano eruption is there is no sign of the end in sight. Scientist-In-Charge at the US Geological Survey Michael Poland said: “It’s difficult to say with any certainty. Forecasting the end is surprisingly hard.” They also warn that more explosions are likely to happen in the coming days.
Meteorologist Merry Matthews