Time lapse from Hawaii observatory shows eruptions at Kilauea


I couldn't pass out.

Darryl Clinton is now the only known person to have been injured by the Hawaii volcano.

Lava spatters "can weigh as much as a refrigerator, and even small pieces of spatter can kill", the spokeswoman told Reuters.

Eruption of lava and ground cracking continues Wednesday in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision in Puna.

The eruption has destroyed 50 buildings, including about two dozen homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano have more than doubled since the current eruption began. The facility is now being threatened by a lava flow. New footage from the Hawaii Army National Guard paints a stark picture of Puna, Hawaii, as the lava flows burn bright red in the darkness of night.

Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaiis Big Island
Mario Tama Getty Images Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii's Big Island

"It's nearly like catching a football", Clinton told CNN. He was rushed to Hilo Medical Center, where he said physicians cleaned out his wound, removed tissue they could not save and, to his surprise, stabilised the leg he felt nearly certain he would lose. Frankly, my stomach is turning just listening to the audio again - and I'm the kind of person who watches YouTube videos of people popping zits.

Doctors say he should be able to walk again, but can't put pressure on his injured leg for the next six weeks.

The eruption from the Kilauea volcano seems to have become a clear and present danger to Puna Geothermal Venture, a power plant owned by an Israeli company on the Big Island of Hawaii. Clinton seemed in good spirits, wiggling his toes and joking about how there would be less traffic when he returned home. That being said - experts are still closely monitoring Mauna Loa. "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".

Kilauea sparked new safety warnings on Monday about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava flowing into the ocean set off a chemical reaction.

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. Although potentially fatal if inhaled, Stovall said the danger was confined to the immediate vicinity of laze plumes themselves.

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