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Kilauea volcano beams through the clouds in mesmerizing time lapse

Kilauea volcano beams through the clouds in mesmerizing time lapse

Scientists have explained how lava from the Kilauea volcano is spewing a deadly plume containing tiny particles of volcanic glass.

That person, identified only as a homeowner on Noni Farms Road, shattered his leg from his shin to his foot when lava spatter struck him, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, according to Reuters.

Lava has already destroyed almost 50 buildings including dozens of homes.

Ormat said in a May 15 statement that there was a low risk of surface lava making its way to the facility.

But Kilauea's activity ratcheted up considerably on May 3 after an quake rattled the region; lava began spilling from newly created fissures and spreading through neighborhoods, turning parts of the Big Island into disaster zones. Clinton soon realized he'd been hit by lava.

Hours later, he would be in the back of a truck, on his way to meet medics in agonising pain.

"I just wanted to live". Doctors saved his leg, but he must avoid putting weight on it for six weeks. "I just can't believe it's there".

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The nearby Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, captured a time-lapse glimpse at Kilauea from Monday night into Tuesday morning as the light from the volcano and its almost two-dozen fissures beamed through the clouds.

The harrowing incident did little to dampen his awe of the volcano and its powers - or his desire to remain there.

Witnessing the lava up close, injury notwithstanding, had been unforgettable, he said. "Every aspect of the lava was there, you know, the sounds, the sights, the flowing lava, the aa [a type of lava flow], the fissures".

That prompted safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline.

Leilani Estates, a neighborhood on the Big Island, is overwhelmed by a river of molten misery. The lava has been pouring down the flank of the volcano and into the ocean miles away. Lava flowing from the volcano recently reached the ocean, causing a unsafe lava-haze phenomena known as ' laze' that sends acid- and glass-laced steam shooting into the air, creating yet another hazard for those downwind of the lava's ocean entry point.

Some lava over the weekend began flowing into the ocean and generated plumes of lava haze. Even the smoke rising from the lava appears to take on a red tinge as it plumes into the sky.