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Hawaii Volcano's Lava Spews 'Laze' Of Toxic Gas And Glass Into The Air

Lava from the Kileaua volcano is pouring into the Pacific Ocean, generating a plume of "laze" — hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles — into the air.
Lava erupts and flows from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday in Kapoho, Hawaii. Source: Mario Tama

Lava from the Kileaua volcano is pouring into the Pacific Ocean off of Hawaii's Big Island, generating a plume of "laze" – which Hawaii County officials describe as hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles — into the air. Officials say it's one more reason to avoid the area.

"Health hazards of laze include. "Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning."

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