Timelapse shows the dramatic glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as eruption continues


Nighttime photos released by the US Geological Survey were taken in the Leilani Estates neighbourhood where the volcano has been sending up lava through vents in the ground.

That person, identified only as a homeowner on Noni Farms Road, shattered his leg from his shin to his foot when lava spatter struck him, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, according to Reuters.

At least 47 homes and other structures have been destroyed by almost two dozen fissures in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday by flying lava. At first the lava flowed towards the sea, leading Ormat to assess on May 15 that the risk to the station was low.

A timelapse video caught by the Gemini Observatory shows the volcano's dramatic glow overnight from May 21 to 22, depicting what it describes as: "the glow from an extensive region of fissures over the course of a single night". Clinton soon realized he'd been hit by lava. He was rushed to Hilo Medical Center, where he said physicians cleaned out his wound, removed tissue they could not save and, to his surprise, stabilised the leg he felt nearly certain he would lose. "I just can't believe it's there".

A lava flow from the volcano has already destroyed almost 50 buildings, including dozens of homes, and is now dangerously close to a geothermal plant on the island.

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The harrowing incident did little to dampen his awe of the volcano and its powers - or his desire to remain there.

"It was incredible. It was just the event of a lifetime", Clinton said. "It was all happening at one time".

Scientists say lava from Kilauea is causing explosions as it enters the ocean, which can look like fireworks. The air, especially in the southern part of the island, is increasingly risky.

Late Saturday, a fast-flowing stream of lava pouring from one of the active fissures also reached Highway 137, which hugs the island's eastern coast. Lava flowing from the volcano recently reached the ocean, causing a risky lava-haze phenomena known as ' laze' that sends acid- and glass-laced steam shooting into the air, creating yet another hazard for those downwind of the lava's ocean entry point.

Created by chemical reactions as hot lava boils seawater to dryness, the plume is described as "an irritating mixture of hydrochloric acid gas (HCl), steam, and tiny volcanic glass particles".