Lava spectators streaming in for spectacular show

Rangers urge safety as lava spectators stream in

KALAPANA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Park rangers are asking lava spectators to keep a safe distance.

Chief Park Ranger John Broward says there has been an uptick in injuries since lava activity increased.

"We responded to calls about turned ankles, lacerations, dehydration, and disoriented visitors in the coastal lava plains all weekend," Broward said. "It's exceedingly important to plan ahead, have proper footwear, and bring plenty of water, or better yet, enjoy the show from the end of the road on either side."

The Kilauea lava flow is putting on a spectacular show, flowing Puu Oo down the Pulama Pali.

On Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said the flow front has slowed on the coastal plain, after moving rapidly for several days. The leading edge of the flow was about .7 miles from the ocean.

Meanwhile, more vigorous activity could be seen upslope, near the base of the pali.

Park rangers are asking spectators to stay safe.

One thing to keep in meind: Volcanic gas poses a hazard, especially to people with heart or respiratory problems as well as infants, young children and pregnant women.

If the air irritates smells bad or makes breathing difficult, Broward advises visitors to leave the area.

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