Hawaii’s Volcano Lava Reaches Sea, Injures 1

Hawaii’s Volcano Lava Reaches Sea, Injures 1Hawaii’s Volcano Lava Reaches Sea, Injures 1

A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s Big Island has become more hazardous, with rivers of molten rock flowing into the ocean and flying lava causing the first major injury.

Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes, forced people to flee and shot up plumes of steam from its summit that led officials to distribute face masks to protect against ash particles.

Lava flows have grown more vigorous in past days, spattering molten rock that hit a man in the leg, ABC News reported.

He was on a third-floor balcony at his home in the remote, rural region affected by the volcano when the lava “hit him on the shin, and shattered everything from there down on his leg”, Hawaii County mayor’s spokeswoman, Janet Snyder, told Hawaii News Now.

Lava flying through the air from cracks in the Earth can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces can be lethal, officials said.

The injury came the same day lava streamed across a highway and flowed into the ocean. The phenomenon sends hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air and can lead to lung damage and eye and skin irritation, another danger for residents.

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