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The New Danger of Kilauea: Laze

Residents of the Big Island of Hawaii near Kilauea volcano are still dealing with lava, sulfur dioxide, more fissures opening up and several more earthquakes that led to eruptions, one of which spewed ash 10,000 feet into the air. 

But, now there's a new threat that surfaced after reports came in that lava crossed Highway 137 and hit the Pacific Ocean.

It's called 'Laze'....a combination of 'lava' and 'haze'.

When the lava hits the ocean it creates a dangerous effect that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

This effect can cause lung, eye and skin irritations, and for those very close to where the lava hits the water, it could be deadly.

Officials are warning people nearby to stay away and the Coast Guard has set up a safety zone around the area where the lava entered the water. 

On top of all of that, according to CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar, the lava itself has changed.

“The consistency of lava is now changing. Now it is runnier, but that is allowing it to move faster.”

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