Five different Volcanoes are on the Big Island of Hawaii:
- Mauna Kea
- Mauna Loa
- Kilauea volcano
Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in Hawaii. It is also the tallest sea mountain in the world. From it’s base at the bottom of the ocean floor it is 33,000 feet taller than Mount Everest. Mauna Kea hasn’t erupted for thousands of years, but is still considered dormant and could erupt again.
Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth in terms of volume.
Kilauea is the volcano that most visit us to see. It is the most active volcano in the world. It began erupting in 1983 and continues to erupt today.
Vog is volcanic fog. It is similar to smog in that it is dirty with particles that are not in typical fog.
Vog is formed when gases from the erupting volcano get into the air, mix with sunlight, oxygen and moisture.
Like smog, vog is not healthy for humans, plants or animals. Many people living near Kilaeau, experience headaches and respitory issues from vog.
Visitors on our tours will see and breath vog, but we rarely have visitors who complain of health issues as a result. Generally, complaints come more often from prolonged exposure by those living near the volcano.
Nevertheless, we encourage all visitors to pay attention to their bodies and take the following precautions:
- Drink lots of fluids
- Don’t overexert
- Don’t smoke
Does vog smell like sulfer? A little bit.