Activity continues in Kīlauea's LERZ

Activity continues in Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone...

Detailed Description

Helicopter overflight of the active ocean entry sites in Kīlauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone. An ongoing hazard at the ocean entry sites is laze. As hot lava boils cool seawater, a series of chemical and physical reactions create a mixture of condensed acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas, and tiny shards of volcanic glass. Blown by wind, this plume creates a noticeable downwind haze, known as "laze" (short for lava haze). Laze is irritating to the lungs, eyes and skin.


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