Hawaii volcano produces methane and "eerie" blue flames

Deadly lava is tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano's violent eruption continues — here are the latest images

Hawaii County has ordered about 2,000 people to evacuate from Leilani Estates and surrounding neighbourhoods since the eruption began on May 3. A USGS spokesman said the blue flames emerged after methane gas was produced from the volcano's lava burning vegetation.

Active fissures push out new lava every day, most of it flowing into the Pacific Ocean away from people.

Evacuees leave dangerous Hawaiian volcano area
Evacuees leave dangerous Hawaiian volcano area

Living on the slopes of one of the world's most active volcanoes meant it was hardly their first brush with lava, Clinton would later say. And how does predicting volcanic eruptions compare to natural disaster prediction and weather forecasting? The observatory said in a release that the volcano's fissures were actively expelling lava during the period in which the time-lapse footage was shot.

Molten lava crept into the grounds of a geothermal power plant site, as workers rushed to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.

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The latest explosive eruption yesterday at 9.59pm local time sent plumes of smoke nearly 9,000 feet into the air.

A mixture of lava and haze produces a toxic mix of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles that have been fatal to humans in the past. Since the volcano began erupting in early May, it's destroyed dozens of homes and other structures and send thousands of evacuees packing. "I didn't care if they cut my leg off or not", Clinton said, according to KHON. It is really unpleasant, you have got this hydrogen chloride so it's a chloride gas and sulphur dioxide.

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Ash plumes late Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning didn't exceed 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), officials say any danger from ash fallout would be near the summit or to the communities to the southwest of wind carries the plume that way. Crews worked into the night to cap the 11th and final well at the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant, which provides about 25 percent of the Big Island's power. One man was seriously injured after being hit by a flying piece of lava.

The building was owned by the state of Hawaii.

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