|View from Kilauea Overlook|
|Setting up camp 1/2 a mile from the crater.|
We camped a ½ mile from the volcano last night…. Park Rangers evacuated the camp site this morning due to dangerous levels of Vog (sulphur dioxide and other nasties). Symptoms we experienced were puffy irritated eyes and to the nose with bouts of coughing. Our friend in Zimbabwe commented that we were lucky to wake up, she's a real cloud-with-a-silver-lining type of person!
|Earthquakes on Mauna Loa.|
|Mural inside the Jagger Museum at the Kilauea Overlook.|
|Sea Arch, Volcano Park|
Sea cliff's crumble without warning, sometimes plunging several football field size areas into the sea.
|Tree Mold, the hot lava surrounds the tree, burning it up and then hardens into a mold.|
|Jess inside a small lava tube.|
|Hiking the Kilauea Iki Crater|
|Peridot gems embed many lava rocks littered across the crater floor.|
|Lava flows down the hill and into the Pacific Ocean.|
|Lava flows over the cliff edges.|
Wikipedia describes so well the symptoms of breathing "vog", "Most studies of vog have been in areas where vog is naturally present, and not in controlled conditions. Vog contains chemicals that can damage the environment, and the health of plants, humans and other animals. Most of the aerosols are acidic and of a size where they can remain in the lungs to damage the lungs and impair function. Headaches, watery eyes, sore throat, breathing difficulties (including inducing asthma attacks), flu-like symptoms, and general lethargy are commonly reported. These effects are especially pronounced in people with respiratory conditions and children.
We take it seriously now after our experience and is another reminder that Hawaii can be hostile considering the list of other dangers such as Tsunamis, occasional high surf, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and even water spouts.