Transcript for Volcanic smog threatens Hawaii residents
We move to Hawaii and that volcano emergency. A blanket of vog, short for volcanic smog is threatening residents with dangerous gases. Matt Gutman is on the scene. Reporter: Good morning, what you're seeing is lava fountaining. This is one of the 20 fissures here in this part of Hawaii. You can see the power of that lava. 2,000 degrees. Literally bubbling up and fountaining hundreds of feet in the air and you'll hear periodic explosions as I speak. We got to see this flying thousands of feet over that scalpel sharp line of fissures, 20 of them here in this part of Hawaii and see that puff of smoke going 12,000 feet into the air. Now, we also got to fly near the volcano at kilauea. You can see that puff of white and see that yellowish blanket. That is sulfur dioxide that is beginning to smother this part of the island. One of the reasons that the national weather service is urging people to avoid long exposure to the outdoors, the biggest casualty so far from all of in that you're seeing behind me is tourism down 50%. Now, volcanologists say the explosions you're hearing and all that fountaining is going to last for weeks longer. Everybody here bracing for the major eruption at kilauea that they say is going to be the most powerful in 100 years here. George. Yeah, boy, what a hit that
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