In Hawaii, 'laze' being created by steady flow of lava entering the ocean

The steam that's created contains dangerous glasslike particles and toxic gas.
1:14 | 05/21/18

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Transcript for In Hawaii, 'laze' being created by steady flow of lava entering the ocean
another week covering the president. Thank you, Jon. Next tonight, the dangerous new turn for the kilauea volcano. The river of lava has now reached the ocean. The mixture, with that ocean water, now sending up toxic clouds. ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman right there tonight, and we should let you know that while close to the scene, he and the team are safe, but the pictures are dramatic. And here's the report he filed earlier. Reporter: David, that's fissure number 20, and it has been putting out more lava than the Rio grande puts out water over the past three days. Now, I want to show you something. This cauldron over there is putting out an enormous amount of lava. There's a crack in the Earth that it's going down into, and all of this has been flowing steadily into the ocean, and that is what's creating this laze. That's the steam created when the lava hits the cool ocean, also putting off these very dangerous particles that basically are like tiny glass particles. Now, there's something else I want to show you, that's how unstable the ground is here. Everywhere we go, we hear pops, and that's when the ground essentially opens up. That's methane coming out with minor explosions, making things more complicated for first responders who now also have to deal with brush fires. David. Just stunning pictures again tonight. Matt, thank you.

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