Lava From Kilauea Volcano Enters Ocean Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has reached the Pacific Ocean and it's creating a toxic situation. As the lava hits the ocean, nearby residents have been warned of ocean plumes and a laze hazard, which is formed when lava meets the ocean and sends hydrochloric acid and steam into the air. It can cause lung damage as well as eye and skin irritation and can change direction with the wind at any time. Meanwhile, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says a small blast was recorded just before 1 this morning, sending a plume of ash about 7,000 feet up.
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