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Potentially deadly glass fibers caused by Hawaii's erupting volcano are taking over the Big Island.
Kilauea has been erupting now for more than 40 days and has already destroyed 600 homes on Big Island, but now the state is facing an additional crisis with the arrival of dangerous threads called 'Pele's hair'.
Glass - Fibers - Gas - Bubbles - Burst
The thin glass fibers are created when gas bubbles within the lava burst at the surface, and they bear a remarkable resemblance to human hair.
'The skin of the bursting bubbles flies out, and some of the skin becomes stretched into these very long threads, sometime[s] as long as a couple of feet or so,' Don Swanson, a research geologist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said to Live Science.
Strands - Millimeter - Diameter
The strands are just one-thousandth of a millimeter or two in diameter, but often get tangled together.
'You can get drifts of Pele's hair that may be a foot or two thick interwoven with one another,' Swanson said. 'It can be quite striking.'
Strands - Glass - Sphere - End - Ends
The strands of glass usually have a small sphere at the end, but they frequently get broken off creating sharp ends.
Pele's hair is named for Pele, the creator of the Hawaiian Islands and the Goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanos.
Religion - People - Kilauea - Home - Family
In the Hawaiian religion, many people believe Kilauea is the home of a family of fire gods, including Pele.
The lightweight glass is getting blown downwind of the eruption.
Hair - Glass - Fountaining - Fissure - West
'Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling to the west of the...
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