Why Eerie Blue Flames Just Erupted from Hawaiian Volcano

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- Blue flames from burning methane have become part of the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Mike Poland says small ash explosions are coming from the summit intermittently as lava keeps flowing into the ocean. While one might expect the volcano and lava to produce a red glow, the camera used to shoot the video had its infrared filter removed, causing the glow to appear more white and blue than red.

Lava from an active fissure nearby had flowed onto the property early this week, posing the risk of toxic gases being released in the event molten rock encroached into any of several pressurized deep-underground wells.

"During the sequence, multiple fissures expelled lava in the area in and around Leilani Estates in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii", the Gemini Observatory said in a statement.

Hawaii News Now said rivers of lava continued to threaten homes, with eruptions releasing unsafe gases.

At least 44 homes and other structures have been destroyed, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday when a chunk of lava shot out of a fissure and struck him in the leg.

"We're going to stay as long as we can", she says.

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Meantime, Kilauea's summit has continued to send up frequent ash emissions, with one plume rising more than 1 mile into the sky Wednesday, reports USGS.

Ten wells at Puna Geothermal were "quenched", which cools them with cold water, and the last was plugged with mud.

Officials have also warned residents tobeware of "laze", or lava haze, a toxic gas containing tiny shards of glass which is produced when lava flows collide with the sea.

The result: Even though Hawaii's economy seems to be strong, wage increases have trailed the climb in home prices, fueling an exodus of people from the state.

Frequent ash emissions at the Kilauea summit earlier Wednesday resulted in plumes up to 8,000 feet high from what's reported to be one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency reported.

In Pahoa, just a few miles from the lava flow, Nathan came across Robert Carton, who was was seeking information about his father's home, which was evacuated weeks ago and may very well be lost. "We just had to get out of there".

A helicopter overflight of the Lower East Rift Zone ocean entry and fissure complex shows ongoing eruption activity with a new lava flow expected to enter the ocean east of MacKenzie State park tonight.

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