(BIVN) – The National Weather Service reports Pele’s Hair is falling in the Pahoa area.
The sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers are carried on the wind, and are usually produced by lava spattering and fountaining.
But the material comes with a warning, per Hawaii County Civil Defense:
- Avoid touching Pele’s Hair or getting it in your eyes.
- It can cause injury to eyes and lungs if breathed in.
- Pele’s Hair is abrasive. If it lands on your windshield do not use your wipers to clear it.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory mentioned Pele’s Hair in this 7:45 a.m. update:
Pele’s hair and and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are being transported downwind and falling to the west of the fissure. On Monday night, there were reports of Pele’s hair falling in Pāhoa. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.
Fissure 8 reactivated yesterday afternoon and, overnight, was fountaining to heights of 200 feet at times and feeding a lava flow that was traveling to the northeast, USGS said.