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From the Big Island: Access to lower Puna completely cut off, lava entering the ocean

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PAHOA, Hawaii -

A wide river of lava from fissure 8 has cut off access to lower Puna, including Kapoho and Vacationland.  Several people even had to be airlifted out for not evacuating in time. 

Lava is now entering the ocean in the Kapoho Bay area forming a large laze cloud. 

Officials warn you to stay away from this cloud as it is hazardous. It's a mix of hydrochloric acid and steam with glass particles that can cause health problems.

The wind can blow laze off shore and downwind, so if people see an ocean plume or are downwind, it is advised to avoid those areas.

If you know of anyone in the isolated areas, contact Civil Defense: (808) 935-0031.

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