The eruption of Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano, last Thursday triggered strong earthquakes and sent lava spewing out of fissures opening up in the ground.
But one of the disaster’s biggest public health threats hangs in the air: noxious volcano fumes. Fires and reports of dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide gas spurred evacuations on the Big Island.
The Quote: “Sulfur dioxide gas can be so toxic and thick in some areas that it can be fatal, especially to those who have respiratory illnesses,” explained Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.