On Sunday, May 20, molten lava splattered a man's leg causing the first-known injury from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano since it began erupting over two weeks ago.
"It hit him on the shin and shattered everything from there down on his leg," Janet Snyder, Hawaii County mayor's spokeswoman, .
The injury occurred on the same day that lava finally reached the ocean, creating a cloud of lava haze—or "laze"—containing hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irritate skin and cause breathing issues.
Since Hawaii's , 22 fissure vents have opened on the volcano's East Rift Zone in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions, and forcing more than 1,700 local residents to evacuate the dangerous lava flows and toxic sulfur dioxide fumes that have consumed the neighborhoods.
Lava from Kilauea reaches the ocean creating a steam cloud of lava haze (or "laze") that is a mix of hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles. The laze extends 15 miles west of the Big Island and can cause breathing issues and skin irritation.
The rate of lava flow in the East Rift Zone has increased, advancing at rates up to 300 yards per hour, .
A bird rests on a wire while lava from a fissure explodes in the background on Hawaii's Big Island.
In Leilani Estates, fissures 16-20 have merged in a continuous line of spatter and fountaining, .
A man takes a photo of lava exploding from a fissure on Hawaii's Big Island. to not risk their lives to take photos of the lava flows.
Lava from a Kilauea fissure explodes higher than the trees on Hawaii's Big Island.
Lava from fissure 21 has taken over most of this street in Pahoa, Hawaii.
The Halemaumau crater at Big Island’s Kilauea volcano explodes, sending ash and smoke .
Foreign tourists climb trees at the 18th hole of the Volcano Golf and Country Clubs to view the ash plume from Kilauea.
People play golf as the Kilauea volcano ash plume rises in the distance on Hawaii's Big Island.
Lava erupting from active fissures light up volcanic gases from Kilauea at night in Pahoa, Hawaii.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitors watch as an ash plume rises from the Halemaumau crater on Wednesday. Most of the national park will , "due to the possibility of an explosive steam event and ash fall at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano."
The Halemaumau crater is illuminated by the crater's lava lake at night. The recent lowering of the lava lake at the crater "has raised the potential for explosive eruptions," .
Fumes rise from a fissure in a road in Leilani Estates on May 4. When the sulfur dioxide from these vents mix with sunlight and oxygen it forms a type of which can cause pneumonia and bronchitis-like symptoms.
Leilani Estates resident, Stacy Welch, inspects a home destroyed by lava just 250-feet from her home, which remains standing.
Lava from a fissure in Kilauea's east rift zone consumes a home on May 6. So far, the total number of homes lost in the Leilan Estates neighborhood is 26, but geologists from the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory don't expect the eruption to end soon.
Some of the 1,700 residents who evacuated rush home to briefly gather pets, medicine and other belongings on Sunday, May 6.
Lava erupts from a new fissure on Luana Street in the Leilani Estates on May 5.
A lava flow consumes Hookapu Street on May 5 in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii.
A 2,000-foot-long fissure erupts sending lava into the Leilani Estates subdivision on May 5.
The U.S. Geological Survey captures a lava flow in Leilani Estates from the intersection of Leilani and Makamae Streets on May 5.