the Kelawai volcano of hawaii
The Kelawai volcano, whose flaming lava has spilled in Bona County, Hawaii, has continued to cover the lava nine square miles since the eruption began in May.
According to the Institute of Geological Studies in the United States, flaming lava rose to a distance of 185 to 200 feet, and molten rock continued to flow into the ocean.
Economists expect the volcano to cause huge losses to tourism revenues in the region, which is worth millions of dollars. Cruise ships canceled off in Big Island, and hotel rooms will remain vacant this summer despite huge price cuts.
“Seismic activity continues at the mouth of the volcano with gas explosions and the release of ash from a depth of more than 10,000,000 feet (3050 meters),” said Richard Rabosa, a spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. “Although the eruption is unpredictable, Currently seems stable. ”
The eruption of the Kelawai volcano has been going on for 39 days and has become the most destructive volcano in the United States since 1980.
The volcano has not yet killed anyone, but Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said days ago that the flow of its volcanic lava since May 3 has swallowed up about 600 homes.
the Killer “Pellet Hair”
The high-density glass fibers that form in a human-like shape threaten the population of the American state of Hawaii by the Kellowaya volcano that erupted 40 days ago and caused the destruction of hundreds of homes.
In the area around the volcano on Big Bhawai Island, there were serious filaments called “Pele Hair”, thin glass fibers formed by bursting gas bubbles into the lava after exiting the surface.
“The skin of the bubbles explodes, and some of the skin forms very long lines of up to a few feet,” said Don Swanson, a geologist at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.
Glass threads typically contain a small ball at the end, but break down, creating sharp ends that can injure those who touch it.
Fibers are attributed to Pele, according to local beliefs in Hawaii, a goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.
“Pele and other light volcanic light emitted from deep fountains fall to the west of the slit and accumulate on the ground inside,” the US Geological Survey said.
This directly threatens the health of the population if the fiberglass is inhaled, touched or ingested through contaminated drinking water.
“Imagine the inhalation of small pieces of glass, which could be a threat to Pele’s hair,” Swanson said.
In the past, fiber has invaded drinking water channels in cattle farms, resulting in many deaths due to intestinal rupture.
However, there are currently no reports of human injuries from pellet hair.
toxic cloud after lava
White clouds of acid and fine glass fragments rose in the sky over Hawaii, as molten rock from the Kelawai volcano reached the ocean, causing new risks from the volcano eruption that began more than two weeks ago.
Authorities warned residents on Sunday to stay away from the cloud of toxic fumes formed by chemical reactions when lava interacted with seawater.
As lava continued its flow of large cracks in the ground, formed in the residential neighborhoods of the rural part of the large island. The molten rock formed Sioula forest and plantations on its way towards the coast.
Sulfur dioxide emissions from ground cracks increased three-fold, prompting Hawaii County authorities to repeat warnings about air quality.
At the top of the volcano, the volcanic eruption caused a cloud of ash, many of them windy to the south-west.
The scientists said that the vapor withdrawal in areas where the lava reached the ocean was loaded with hydrochloric acid and soft glass particles that could cause pain in the skin, eyes and breathing problems.
The lava mist extended 24 kilometers to the west, where lava met the ocean on the southern coast of the Big Island. Windy was spreading off the coast, said Wunde Stoffall, a US geologist.