Kilauea spits out 'vog' into atmosphere

Published June 18, 2018


A story on PBS Newshour about Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which began spouting lava a month ago, producing enough basaltic molten rock to fill 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools and wiping out more than 600 homes, interviews Tracy Gregg, associate professor of geology, who said Kilauea is one of the most prominent sources in the world for “vog,” the volcanic fog filled with hazardous gasses that are released from burping vents. “You get more vog in tropical climates where the atmosphere is already kind of moist and humid,” she said.

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