Lava HAZE – toxic volcanic gases prompt health fears in Hawaii

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Hawaii Volcano update JULY 24, 2018: ‘Lava haze’ and ‘vog’ toxic volcanic gases prompt health fears in Hawaii Three dozen tourists were gathered at the Wailoa Sampan Basin Harbor in Hilo, Hawaii, hoping to get a glimpse of the lava that they’d seen on the news for weeks. But because Hawaii Volcanoes national park – often a key stop in travelers’ itineraries – was closed after Kilauea erupted, their best hope on Monday afternoon was taking a boat to the point where the lava met the sea. Some said they’d packed breathing masks, just in case the trade winds — which usually blow in clean sea air — changed direction and began blowing a lava haze, a noxious mix of gases and particles, their way.

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