>> Fresh eruptions lit up Hawaii's skyline on Tuesday, as the Kilauea volcano shot lava, ash, and toxic gases into the air. Residents watched as volcanic smog, or vog, rose to 12,000 feet above the crater. Officials warn that the ash could cause eye and lung irritation. It's also triggered a red alert for aircraft for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago.
The warning means the eruption could spew ash along flight routes, according the US Geological Survey.
uters Terray Sylvester witnessed this blue flame burning off of gas coming from the soil. The ash eruptions were strangely silent. They weren't accompanied by explosions or earthquakes that I could hear. Instead it was billowing clouds of dense, textured ash that would rise and then disperse and get carried off to the southwest and the predominant trade winds here on the island.
>> The ash from Kilauea could present a new threat to Hawaii's Big Island because of a shift in winds that is making this smog even more concentrated. Residents are already grappling with volcanic gas and lava that has destroyed 37 homes and other structures, and forced over 2,000 residents to evacuate.
It's also hit the island tourism industry hard with summer holiday bookings dropping by almost half from last year, and Kilauea showing no sign of slowing down. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warns the eruption could become even more violent.