(Puna, HI) — Lava from the Kilauea [[ KILL-uh-WAY-uh ]] volcano in Hawaii has reached the Pacific Ocean. According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, lava near the Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii’s Big Island reached the ocean late last night. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is reporting that sulfur dioxide emissions have greatly increased. Due to the lava entering the ocean off of Highway 137, residents are warned of ocean plumes and a laze hazard, which is formed when lava hits 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.
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