Hawaii wary of harmful vog from erupting volcano
Lava and gas pour from a fissure on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano.
March 9th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Hawaii wary of harmful vog from erupting volcano

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano is emitting five times the lava and 25 times the sulfur dioxide gas as before a 1.5-mile-long fissure opened on the mountain over the weekend.

Although the lava, which is sometimes shooting as high as 245 feet, currently poses no threat to humans on Hawaii's Big Island, the sulfur dioxide gas could become a problem, reports CNN affiliate KHON in Honolulu.

Sulfur dioxide and sulfate aerosols that Kilauea is emitting at increased levels are two key ingredients in vog: a volcanic fog that can cause "headaches, breathing difficulties, increased susceptibility to respiratory ailments, watery eyes, and sore throat," according to the governor's office.

KHON reports that the state's current northeast tradewind pattern is keeping the irritating gas from populated areas, but any change in the tradewinds, especially if they diminish or shift to a more southerly pattern, could bring vog's harmful effects into play.

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  1. John

    The earth just passed gas

    March 10, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. calimafia

    It's really mauiwowee......................weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anne

    I recently vacationed on the Big Island with a friend. The vog was bad enough that after only 12 hours on the island, she was hospitalized. She has COPD and we couldn't have come to a worse location to vacation! The island is beautiful, but dangerous!

    March 10, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Calvin Hobbes

    The lava should be able to incinerate almost anything. Sounds like a good way to empty out trash dumps that won't biodegrade.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. manmademyth

    the truth is cnn is out to just make cash. They dont care if you get the correct news or not, therefore when a big organization says dont report this or cover up that and hands them a big fat check that promises salary increase for all the employees..well ya... youtube.com/watch?v=Zy5b03Fcb0

    March 10, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. losthawaiian

    Wow! Everybody's a critic nowadays!

    March 10, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. krozareq

    Any Hawaiians or volcanologists here know typically how long these events last?

    March 10, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. wow

    Volcanos is becoming more common 7.2 earth quacks is being pushed off like little trimmers to all you dumm as5 people out there that makes the earth slow down tilt seed up that's the easiest way I can say it these little things to us are bigggg 5hit to our earth

    March 10, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. highvoltage

    yall really need to get a life.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hawaiikaos

    What does your comment have to do with vog?

    March 10, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. SB

    Perhaps it was removed because it was *completely* irrelevant to this story about dangerous volcanic emissions; as is your followup post asking about the first.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
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