The latest explosion happened Monday, registering as a 5.3 magnitude earthquake with an ash plume reaching about 1,200 feet .
So far, lava from Kilauea has covered 10.2 square miles of land.
The aviation code, which dictates whether planes and other air vehicles are safe to travel through the region, has been downgraded from red to orange, which means “major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected but it poses limited hazards to aviation because of no or minor volcanic-ash emissions, ” according to USGS.
USGS also cautions people against going into the ocean, as eroded land and lava are making their style down the volcanic incline. When lava reaches water, it creates smoke-like “laze, ” or lava and haze. This haze is filled with hydrochloric acid and volcanic particles that irritate the eyes, scalp and lungs.
Volcanic glass, or obsidian particles, have also been floating in the air, USGS said.
Correction: This narrative has been updated to correct when the whirlwind of lava occurred .
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