Updated: September 27, 2022
Planning to visit Hawaii? The Hawaii travel and tourism industry is playing down a health threat to all Hawaiian Islands that is very real. It includes not only the Island of Hawaii but Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu with its tourism center Waikiki and Kauai. The danger of causing a threat to the health of tourists and locals on all Hawaiian Islands is caused by the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island. The volcano has been blowing off toxic steam and releasing lava for a week. There are real signs it could soon explode and widen the disaster.
Hawaii’s largest health insurance provider Hawaii Pacific Health today alerted all their clients to this danger and emailed an emergency message by Dr. Jeffrey Kam speaking for Straub Clinic.
The immediate danger caused the Volcanoes National Park to close as of today because of the threat. Scientists think conditions could be right for a major explosion within a few days. The last time that happened was in 1924 when it blasted rock and ash more than five miles into the air.
Geologists are warning a possible explosion at the summit of Kilauea could be the largest in nearly 100 years, hurling boulders the size of refrigerators. The heavy clouds of smoke coming from the main crater on Wednesday were likely triggered by a rock fall from the crater walls.
The beauty of the lava shows Madam Pele creates is awe-inspiring, but for those with asthma or other lung conditions, the byproduct of these natural fire displays can be bothersome to their health.
This byproduct is Vog. Vog is a form of air pollution that results when sulfur dioxide and other gases and particles emitted by an erupting volcano react with oxygen and moisture in the presence of sunlight. The word is a portmanteau of the words “volcanic”, “smog”, and “fog”.
Vog can not only appear on Hawaii Island and close to an erupting volcano, but hundreds of miles away. Therefore vog is a threat to all Hawaiian Islands, including Maui, Oahu with Waikiki as the center of tourism, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai.
Click here to read the full article on hawaiinews.online and learn the statement and video Hawaii Health Officials released today.