Watch Hawaii's Kilauea Lava Creep Toward Homes

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3, and the lava continues to flow. The speed of the lava’s movement often depends on several factors including: the type of the lava, viscosity, steepness of the ground, and rate of lava production.

Slow moving lava can reach average temperate of 480 degrees Celcius … while bright orange flows closer to the source can reach 870 degrees. Sulphur dioxide released in the volcanic gas can also be dangerous. Exposure to large amounts of the gas can irritate your eyes, nose and throat.