Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is producing eerie blue flames only visible at night, and could cause deadly explosions

Kilauea Hawaii volcano blue fire

Volcanic activity at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is producing blue fire.
The flames are caused by methane gas, a byproduct of the lava being spewed out by the volcano.
Authorities warned that build-ups of methane could suddenly explode, hurling rocks around.

The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is behind a new, potentially deadly phenomenon — eerie blue fire streaming up from below the ground.

The flames, which can only be seen well at night, are caused by methane buildups, a by-product of the lava flows which have been enveloping the area around the volcano since it erupted last week on the Big Island.

Photos published on Wednesday by the US Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood, which has been worst affected by the surges of lava.

The methane gas is produced when lava rolls over trees and other plant life, and burns it underground, giving off the gas.

It then flows beneath the surface before bursting up when it finds an outlet, such as cracks in the ground caused by the recent seismic activity.

The burning gas itself is hot, but not dangerous beyond that.

However, authorities warned that if there is an underground build-up of the gas which is suddenly ignited, it can cause a powerful explosion, and toss chunks of rock several feet away, potentially injuring anybody it hits.

Although the Kilauea eruption did not itself cause any injuries, and mainly produced volcanic gas, its after-effects have been dangerous.

One man had part of his left leg shattered after a piece of cooling lava hit him out of nowhere while he was on his balcony.

Officials have also warned residents to beware of “laze”, or lava haze, a toxic gas containing tiny shards of glass which is produced when lava flows collide with the sea.

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17 stocks about to rocket higher because of catalysts most investors are ignoring, according to UBS

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In a recent research report, UBS equity analysts curated the best stocks they believe are set to rally in the next six months.

“As well as screening for upside to price target, upside/downside skew, market cap, sector weightings and liquidity, we focused on stocks where we believe our analysts have a truly differentiated view versus consensus,” the report said.

Below, we highlight 17 of their buy-rated picks, the analysts’ views on the stocks, and upcoming catalysts they expect to drive prices higher.

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Anadarko Petroleum

Ticker: APC

Closing Price on 5/22: $70.52

UBS Price Target: $86 (+22%)

UBS View: “APC’s portfolio is positioned to deliver above-average large cap DACFPS growth over the next several years driven by the Delaware,” said Lloyd Byrne.

Upcoming Catalysts: “First regional oil treating facility (ROTF) in Reeves County to be completed in Q2, Metone gas processing plant build-out and Loving County ROTP in Q3, Mozambique converting the non-binding to binding SPAs. APC’s upfront investment in infrastructure, WES / WGP ownership increasingly important to positioning.”

Source: UBS

Citigroup

Ticker: C

Closing Price on 5/22: $71.08

UBS Price Target: $80 (+12.55%)

UBS View: “Citigroup shares have materially underperformed since 3Q17 and current valuations do not adequately capture gradually improving operating performance and continued capital optimization,” said Saul Martinez. “Citigroup trades at just 1.15x TBV and 9.2x 19E earnings, discounts to all banks we cover.”

Upcoming Catalysts: “In late June the Federal Reserve will announce the results of the stress test and approve or deny banks’ capital plans for the 2018-2019 cycle. We expect Citigroup’s capital plan to be approved, despite a tougher test this year and serve as confirmation of the bank’s positive capital trajectory.”

Source: UBS

Tableau Software

Ticker: DATA

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