Kīlauea Volcano — Blue Burning Methane Gas

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A blue burning flame of methane gas was observed in the cracks on Kahukai Street during the overnight hours. When lava buries plants and shrubs, methane gas is produced as a byproduct of burning vegetation. Methane gas can seep into subsurface voids and explode when heated, or as shown in this video, emerge from cracks in the ground several feet away from the lava. When ignited, the methane produces a blue flame.


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Length: 00:00:28

Location Taken: Kīlauea Volcano, HI, US


Kīlauea Volcano, Lower East Rift Zone

Methane Flames in road cracks in the Leilani Estates Subdivision, May 22, 2018 ~11:30 PM HST